Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
According to the dictionary, a ministry is the work of a minister. Quakers tend not to have ministers, so how does our ministry work? Are we all ministers, therefore we are all called to ministry?
As a secondary question, what kind of ministry would you find yourselves doing? Running a soup kitchen? Visiting the sick\eldery\those with disabilities? Making blankets\quilts\hats for children in hospital? Other things? Please answer this discussion; I'm really curious what different Friends have in mind!
I just saw your questions. I expect quakers believe everyone is a minister and maybe that is the case, or that the Light of Christ is a minister within us.
Today I feel busy doing the ministry of divine nothing. Trying to honor my limitations (which never feels great). It's so easy to run on adrenaline and so difficult to sit and be quiet and get the needed rest...to sleep and care for ourself....waiting until it is God who moves us from our inertia.
In general, I do feel a longing for ministry but it's been very hard to make sense of. I too wonder what others find as brave, passionate ministries that God draws their heart toward -- where the pain or need calls uniquely on them to do something. I am afraid that I may know my ministry. It's a problem because I feel unqualified for it but do feel closer to God when I manage to do the work anyway. I wonder what others have experienced?
It's a good point that sometimes God's calling is for us to take care of ourselves as well as others. I think a lot of people forget that.
Perhaps God would only call us to ministries which He felt we were capable of?
It's an interesting line of thought.