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Employ More Clergy

ClergymanEvangelism at the national level of the Christian Church still has its place. But unfortunately, evangelism has become nothing more than a form of Christian public relations by many in the institutional church. The Church presents the impression of an institution involved and successful. It makes its appeal for support and gets the opportunity to throw its chest out and brag about its achievements. It bends the ear of the famous and powerful and induces pride in belonging. But really underneath it is not being effective at all.

Pomp and Ceremony

ChurchRallies work wonders for morale, filling a sports stadium with loyal members and friends, bringing out supporters "en mass." Filling a cathedral with clergy and laity and processing so many dignitaries down the central aisle looks good to the people. But is the big meeting the best way to reach our neighbor? You have to get them there for one thing. Effective Christian ministry at home is better! We cannot rely on national efforts for growth, we have to see it at the local level.

Employing More Clergy?

Anglican ClericSome people argue that the way to draw in more church members is to employ more clergy and expand Christian clergy ministry. Statistically, it was true that two full-time ministers in a community touch more people's lives and build a congregation quicker. However, it also points to an even more significant truth that if the average man and woman in the pew took their own ministry more seriously then outreach would be so much more effective.

Vibrant Church

Large CongregationDocumented experiences like Terry Fullam's (1932-2014) in St Paul's Darien, Connecticut where rapid growth of a vibrant church has taken place, point to this. Blossoming of the church was due largely to a regenerated laity entering into a full ministry encouraged by local Christian clergy.✞

"Christian Clergy Ministry"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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