The summer between my two years at Christ for the Nations, BC, I spent a few months interning at a small church in a small Wyoming town. I was primarily focussed on youth at the time because youth ministry was my calling. It was my dream. It was my focus.
And I was bored.
I spent my days cleaning the church, mowing the church lawn, cleaning computers, reading books, watching movies, listening to music… anything I could do to pass the time between that moment and the next time I would get to hang out with the students. Which was seldom. Just on Sunday’s and on Wednesdays and perhaps a few moments in between. So all of the hours spent between those scarce events were filled with boredom.
My perspective of ministry was flawed.
You see, something that I am only really beginning to understand now – almost 14 years later – is that ministry isn’t a service, it isn’t an event, it’s not serving behind the scenes, it’s not maintaining the grounds — it’s all of those things. And if you can take that point-of-view — if you can own that — you’ll never be bored.
How has your view of ministry changed over time? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comment’s section. Seriously! We’re all in this together.