Rev Billy Davison Writes on: Innovative Mission

16 July 2018

 

Last Sunday was a joyful occasion with the ordination of 5 people at Repton School Chapel, Nottingham. It was a real privilege for me to give the address to a packed congregation. 

Being equipped for ministry in today’s world is a big challenge, and making meaningful connections with those outside the church, a daunting task. 

However, many argue that there has never been a better time to be called into the ministry, whether ordained or lay. Today, we need to be innovative, and not frightened to move outside the comfortable surroundings of church buildings, so we can make those important connections. All ministers, both ordained and lay, should use our buildings primarily for worship and building up God’s people for works of service. 

One thing is certain, genuine ministry is built upon relationships.

Mark’s Gospel says, “ Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach. “ 3: 13 & 14. 

Before Jesus sent the twelve out to preach, he called the them to be with him. It’s vital before doing ministry, to spend time each day being ministered to by Jesus, and built up in a strong faith relationship with him. 

We need to keep our focus on Jesus, and be fully confident in his words and work. This kind of confident faith only grows by spending time listening to his voice as you meditate on his word, and pray for the illumination of the Holy Spirit.

So I pray that those whom God calls to ministry will not be tempted to neglect their relationship with Christ because of the pressures of administrative duties or anything else. 

Please continue to pray for all in ministry, and especially those recently ordained, that they will be sustained in their work through a strong relationship with Jesus, and find the adventure of faith a wonderful joy. 

Rev Billy Davison,
MCI President.