Why We do Team Ministry
“A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none.
A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant, subject to all.”
–Martin Luther, The Freedom of the Christian (1520)
One of the distinguishing characteristics of St. Paul Lutheran Church is that we believe that everyone is called by the Holy Spirit to serve Jesus by serving the world. Each of us was created by God with specific gifts and abilities to care for the world, both people and creation, and to transform it into the kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit reveals to us the callings to serve that God has given us.
A call is both a role and an action. For example, many of us are called to be parents, which is a role in which there are Christ-like attributes to acquire and destructive characteristics to set aside and replaced by the Spirit’s fruits. Parenthood is also actions, which, once again, can be done in a Christ-like manner or in a non-Christ-like manner.
One’s occupation is part of your call. What you do should serve the world to make it better, to promote the godly qualities of Justice and goodness, and to be done in ways that are the highest ethical and moral standards. If your occupation does not do that or is contrary to the values and the way of living that Jesus advocated, then you need to seriously ask God if another occupation is what God is calling you to do.
And, by the way, there is no retirement in the kingdom of God. You can be retired from your life’s work and call, and indeed that retirement time is meant to be time to live the abundant life Jesus promised. However, it is also a unique time to serve without the restraints of imposed by work. The call of God ends at death. If you are not dead, God has a purpose and work for you.
When we gather as a church we have the specific call to transform the world through the Gospel by making the grace of God—the totally free, no strings-attached, all forgiving, generous love of God a reality in each of us, in all of us, and in all the world. To accomplish this we live out our calling to serve, to support and to learn—the three foci of our teams—by coming together in teams in order to clarify what God has specifically called each of us to do, to correct each other when we stray from the guidelines and guardrails of the church, and to challenge each other to serve with same attitude and will with which Jesus serves us.