Can you do the ‘Ministry of the Pew’?

Last night we had a terrific discussion with our Community Group leaders over this brief article, “The Ministry of the Pew.”

This is something that, if really embraced by our church, would make our Sunday gatherings warmly and delightfully different than anything people might be used to experiencing at church.

Here are some of the best lines from the article:

“Church is a place where Christians go to work.”

“The shift was made from being the ‘helpee’ to the helper, the served to the servant. Church is where we seek spiritual food and encouragement in order to become more godly; but church is also where we go in order to feed other people and encourage them.”

“The preacher should not be the only one preparing for church.”

“We need to develop a nose for new people…The way we welcome and look after people when they visit our homes should be a model for the household of God.”

“It is your meeting, not the minister’s. It’s all about being observant and outward-looking.”

Click here to read the whole article.

Is this something you think you could do? What obstacles do you think you’d face?

(Note: The PDF is an edited, condensed, and Americanized version of the original, which can be found here)

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  1. #1 by Rick Hill on March 15, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Great words of encouragement.

  2. #2 by Brian Frahm on March 16, 2010 - 9:04 am

    I not only think that I can do this, I think that I “should” do this. Each Christian at Second Mile Church has the capability and calling to serve one another. The concepts presented in the article, while counter to our typical Sunday experience, are not counter to biblical expectations for community.

    I think the biggest obstacle is…. ME. I need to be willing, because I am certainly able.

  3. #3 by Tabatha on March 16, 2010 - 11:03 am

    It is all about going the Second Mile. I read the article and then got this video in an email today and couldn’t help but put them together and think that serving others always brings joy to the Father and when we willingly and joyfully go that extra step to make someone feel welcome we have gained a friend and are showing them Christ in a simple way. Thanks for the article it is a great example for all of us to follow!

  4. #4 by lukesimmons on March 16, 2010 - 11:05 am

    I agree with you guys. It isn’t complicated or difficult, but it does take intentionality.

    Great name for a movie too! :-)

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