Funny how you see me when my emotions compel me to write. You see my extremes and it is at points of tension that I write. I get my thoughts out of my head and onto paper or the computer. The paper for my family. The computer for you.
Since I was 16, I have been “in ministry”. It fits me. I know church and I love serving my God. I find joy is being on a church staff and being in leadership within a church or para-church organization.
After leaving WMU, for a year I was in this world of “Who am I?” Yes, even in my late 30’s I was questioning my purpose.
Looking back I can see how God used my time at home and in creating Mitzi Jane Media to open my eyes to “real ministry”. The past 4 years has been a time of growing outside of my comfort zone.
In creating Mitzi Jane Media and working with various clients, I have connected with people that are very different from me and have vastly different beliefs and lifestyles. These are people that if I was in the church working I would have never had the opportunity to develop such friendships.
So, now a great opportunity to go back onto church staff has been presented to me. And this has got me asking what should I do and questioning what is “Real Ministry”. A few of my thoughts…
Real Ministry Is Not
- Real ministry isn’t confined to the walls of the church or a para-church ministry.
- Real ministry isn’t being labeled a minister.
- Real ministry isn’t even being seen by others as a minister or doing ministry.
Real Ministry Is
Real ministry is being the person God created you to be in such a way that it brings Him glory.
- There are no seminary classes to prepare you. Even though seminary is a great way to prepare for teaching ministry, not everyone is created to be a great theologian.
- There are no books that guide you. Even though there are several books to give you direction, the Bible is the only guide book you need.
- There are no ministry leaders to emulate. Even though there are Godly men and women that we should look to for advice and mentoring, seeking to emulate anyone beside Christ is idolatry.
What it come down to is that God didn’t make me or you who we are and give us the gifts and talents to keep us in the church building. He gave us those gifts and talents to be The Church in the church building, outside the church building and in the world.
One person for one life in one world.
Not a perfect self-righteous “I know” what is best for the world kind of religion, but a self-sacrificing “I know” who is Savior of the world kind of faith that shine forth from our very marrow.
You are God’s Holy Spirit filled light for the world. A beacon that leads those around you closer to Christ through your struggles, your sins, your need for Jesus, your anger against injustice and your love for the world.
I like the way this video illustration explains this as being a Trader.
Are you a Trader?
Interesting, how just this week two women in their mid-thirties asked me about combining their “ministry” with their work life.
One asked me if it was okay to write an inspirational book for coaches.
Yes! A resounding YES!
And the other a brilliant woman in finance, I encourage to start using her “ministry blog” to help families with financial issues and stewardship if she really wanted to help women break free of bondage. She asked if that was appropriate.
Yes! A resounding YES!
YES, God wants you to be the person he created you to be in and outside the church.
The world needs Christ in you.
Be the Light.
I don’t know what the future hold for me, but I do know that watching this inspires my soul. And I hope it inspires you, too.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16