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the particular ministry. The work of the Body is more important than the work of the individual. There can be no room for competition and jealousy in the community of ministers.


EACH MEMBER MUST Each member of the ministering community needs CLAIM THE VISION 1 Thes 5: 14-25


to take some responsibility for the vision of the


parish, diocese, and national church and take initiative in the areas of ministry they are assigned to. Ideas, insights, and assessment of needs in the community arise in a person because of the activity of the Spirit. Only by presenting these to the community can they be acted upon. Only by presenting a plan of action can the community be served.


MINISTRY REQUIRES When serving the community ministers need to be DIRECTNESS AND COURAGE Eph 4: 25-32


honest and direct with one another. They need to see themselves as gifts of the Spirit and as such they


bring a unique insight to service of the members of the Body. Each person is required to courageously speak his/her mind so that the community can have the benefit of the Spirit giving direction. At the same time each member must see that his/her opinion is one among many. For true discernment to take place all of the opinions must be stated even though no one of them may prevail.


MINISTRY CAN MEAN Ministry involves rubbing shoulders with many WORKING WITH


THOSE WE DISLIKE Col 3: 12-17


different people. Some colleagues will be liked and some will be disliked. Ministers have to make a


sincere effort to work together. They need to learn to interpret the actions and words of others in the best possible light. When ministers have been hurt they need to forgive. When they have hurt others they need to seek forgiveness.


MINISTERS ARE CALLED TO


ACCEPT THEIR IMPERFECTIONS


People who are called to ministry are made imperfect on purpose. They have been created in such a way that they need God and need the other


members of the community. If they were perfect they would be “gods” unto themselves and they would not need anyone. Those who are called to


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