Practicing ministry without a license


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Practice ministry without a license.

If you’re around me long, you’ll hear something along those lines.

It is my heartbeat, and the heartbeat of the church where I serve.

God has given certain leaders to the church (Ephesians 4:11). Their job is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12).

Did you catch that? Those who work in vocational ministry are not called to do all of the ministry themselves, but to train others to do the ministry with them.

I don’t view this as ONE method of church ministry, but THE prescribed method for fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

To paraphrase Martin Luther: “The preacher preaches on Sunday so that the rest of the church can preach the rest of the week.”

Christians are “ministers” wherever God places them.

That means YOU can pray with and for others. YOU can comfort the hurting. YOU can share God’s Word.

YOU can talk about your Savior with others.

YOU can take someone a meal. YOU can visit someone in the hospital. YOU can help meet the needs of widows and orphans.

YOU can welcome newcomers to your worship service on Sunday morning.

We’re not permitted to practice medicine without a license.

We can’t practice law in this country without passing the state bar exam.

Impersonating a police officer is a serious crime (I’m told).

But practicing ministry without a license? Absolutely!

Impersonate a minister today.

[-it’s not really even optional-]

Go for it! I know you can do it.

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