Every person has the ability to be a minister. We all are called to make love our aim and to bear witness to the power of love in the world. Ministry isn’t only work for “professionals”—that is, pastors, church employees, missionaries, or those who give their lives to serve the least among us. Ministry is the unique way each of us uses our gifts and our energy to share God’s love with the world. This ministerial work can be done at home, at work, or in the marketplace. But before we can do the work of ministry, we first must affirm our identity as ministers, as people who have accepted the call to be servants of love, each in our unique way.
—Henri J. M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball, A Spirituality of Fundraising: Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
—1 Peter 4:10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, Give me vision and mission, so that I may find new life and direction.
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