Wednesday, January 10, 2007

    Money and Ministry

    Peter at Emerging Christianity raises an interesting question about the way in which paid ministry may compromise our ability to speak truth to our congregations. I think this is an important question to consider, particularly for seminarians. I can only say that, from my own experience, once a congregation comes to trust you and your committment to ministry and the Church, they will pretty much let you say anything from the pulpit, if it is said with love. Even if they disagree with you, they will respect your right to proclaim the gospel as you understand it. Of course, one of the great advantages to ministry with youth, in my view, is the young tend to be much more open to hearing a challenging word from scripture or engaging points of view that do not agree with their own.