Everyone who is in the workforce at the Vicarage is currently a full time minister of the Gospel. Mom is a retired RN who worked in just about every field of nursing over her 50 odd years of work. She has earned her break.
J is an associate pastor at Cornerstone Church in Winchendon MA. His focus is worship and the arts and anything else that happens to come his way.
Amanda is the full time children’s pastor at Cornerstone. Her administrative portfolio is massive placing her over children’s church, wee worship and nursery as well as the midweek scouting programs and staffing children’s ministries for all special events. Her missions focus is BGMC and she is in charge of children’s outreach.
Brenda is a missionary to The Netherlands. Her focus is evangelistic drama and ministry to and by artists. She is currently overseeing Stagelife Theater Netherlands and is an active member in the Fire choir a touring gospel choir in the Netherlands. She is currently in the U.S. on a fund raising and awareness tour that is taking her all over the Eastern seaboard and potentially beyond. When she returns to The Netherlands she will be launching The Bridge a ministry specifically devoted to ministering to artists.
What I have just described to you is our work. But being a minister is not about the work we do. It is about the call to a lifestyle. It is about a call from God to activate the church. The work of ministry is only a very small part of being a minister. That is to say a person can work full time at a church even doing ministry work and not be a minister.
SO WHAT IS A MINISTER?
Over the course of the next several days we will begin to discuss just that.