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What's your ministry?

We all become ministers at our baptism

Is everything we do ministry?

Nothing is automatically ministry --even preaching a sermon or teaching Sunday school--and any role or arena in daily life has ministry opportunities. People mistakenly say someone is "entering the ministry" when he or she goes to seminary. But all of us become Christian ministers when we are baptized. In the baptismal rite, we say: "We receive you as fellow members of the body of Christ ... and workers with us in the kingdom of God." We build up the body of Christ within the congregation, but our ministry is primarily in the world outside the church building.

ALSO: Why am I sent from worship into the world with "Go in peace. Serve the Lord" and then not asked if I have served when I return next Sunday?


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