Creativity, Faith, and Culture in the City
by Lon on September 25, 2008
in Church planting,Leadership
As of this past weekend I’ve ‘done’ baptisms, communion, and a wedding, all without being ordained. (You can see my previous thoughts on ordination adventures here)
Should I really bother? I do have my branding down if I ever become a rev.
should you really bother? can’t really answer that one for you. love your branding though.
i went through the process. it took years. i enjoyed the process…the accountability of it all… the self-examination and the examination of the community. good good good.
however, i don’t see the biblical precedent. yes i see moses and the priests. yes i see paul and timothy as well as others. yes the whole ‘set apart’ argument. however, i don’t believe this is for a certain few any longer. i don’t believe Christ said, “go and make disciples, baptizing them in my name…if and only if you are ordained.”
too many lines between the dirty L word, “laity”, and the dirty O word, “ordained”. i only pull my card out to get into prisons to visit inmates, to get into hospitals to visit patients, and when i marry or bury.
if i lost my ordination tomorrow, which i could because of my work with the marginalized, i know Christ wouldn’t be hesitant to use me. not over my lack of ordination anyway.
beyond scriptures, i believe we are in a new day which needs less deliniation.
thanks for the encouraging words bro… it’s just odd how it can be helpful at times to be a part of a system you barely believe in…
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