A Theology of Ministry

Callid Keefe-Perry

Callid Keefe-Perry has recently been named as a new co-host of Homebrewed Christianity, and he’s starting a PhD in practical theology at BU. He’s a Quaker, an improv actor, and a teacher of acting.

He’s posted a first draft of his theology of ministry, which is probably something that more pastors should do, or at least reflect on. I don’t agree with all of it, but it’s interesting reading, especially if you’re somewhat unfamiliar with the Quaker tradition. It begins:

At the core of my understanding of ministry are three affirmations.

  1. Ministry arises in individuals in the context of community for the sake of helping people enter the Kingdom of God.
  2. All people – of every age, sex, and orientation – are called to ministry and some are called to a greater degree than others.
  3. The gifts of the ministry are not the minister’s but God’s, stewarded by the minister while they rest with his or her person.

Inherent to this view of ministry is an understanding that the Priesthood of all Believers is an actual work of Grace from God such that the notion of “the laity” has been abolished. All are called to the ministry and are ordained by virtue of their baptism into service for God to the whole of the world. Those of us who serve more intentionally or regularly are merely called to that task more directly, there is nothing more granted to those who serve in the ministry than that service and the opportunity to more faithfully labor under the yoke of Christ. That being said, I do affirm that “some have a more particular call to the work of the ministry and that therefore… are especially equipped for that work by the Lord. [And that our] work is to instruct, exhort, admonish, oversee, and watch over our brethren more frequently and more particularly than the others” (Barclay 215).

Read the rest: A Sketch of a Theology of Ministry | The Image of Fish.

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  • Thanks for giving it a glance. I didn’t expect to see it referenced anywhere but Quaker circles given its decidedly Friendly flavor: I hope it was engaging at some level.

    Mostly I shared it exactly because of what you say above, namely, that it was interesting for me to think through what ministry was about for me and I realized I hadn’t ever done that in a nuanced way. It was a great exercise and I encourage other to to the same.

    Oh, and boy oh boy is draft right. I mean, that thing should be being edited for the rest of my life right? *grins*

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