I have often said that ministry is a constant tension between opposing forces. The shifts that take place within the church, often need to take place, but the problem is that the shifts that we make are not toward a healthier balance, but from one extreme to another. Often the true need is for a healthy balance amidst seemingly opposing forces.
Within my 30 years of ministry experience, I have seen the pendulum shift many times in many different directions.
The primary shift I have seen has been between the protection and the proclamation of the Gospel. It has been a fight between focusing inward or expending energies outward.
Of late there has been a very strong effort to see the two peacefully exist within the Bride of Christ.
As a leader, I find it hard to keep these two seemingly opposing forces in check with one another. I struggle with this primarily because the people of The Kingdom have a propensity to fall to one side or the other of the spectrum.
In the role of pastor, I always feel the tension of letting some people down most of the time.
I know my obligation is to please the Lord and follow his lead, but there is still regular tension in leading.
I desire to continual promote the balance between being called to worship and being sent to care.
This balance allows for a healthy platform for the Great Commission and the Great Commandment to come to fruition as the Bride of Christ fulfills its call. Another reason for this balance is to usher in the now, continuous and not yet Kingdom of God.
My next number of posts will be on this issue and will focus on the “Sentness” of God’s church while at the same time promoting the idea of giving God the Glory in all things.