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Offline jiggyfly

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Full time ministry?
« on: Sun Jul 26, 2009 - 13:16:04 »
What is considered "full time ministry"?

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Re: Full time ministry?
« Reply #1 on: Sat Aug 01, 2009 - 11:55:51 »
Guess no one here knows the answer so I guess this forum must be for everyone.

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Re: Full time ministry?
« Reply #2 on: Fri Oct 02, 2009 - 17:06:41 »
What is considered "full time ministry"?

Simple.  If you aren't bi-vocational, you are in full time ministry.

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« Reply #3 on: Sat Oct 03, 2009 - 13:00:21 »
What is considered "full time ministry"?

Truthfully, the Christian life is all about full-time ministry for every believer. 

Ministry is not a CAREER.  Ministry has nothing to do with income, even though some earn income through ministry. 

Ministry is daily making yourself available for God's purpose as you are led by the Holy Spirit.

BLESSINGS,

Doc
Ephesians 3:20

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« Reply #4 on: Sat Oct 03, 2009 - 18:37:52 »
What is considered "full time ministry"?

Truthfully, the Christian life is all about full-time ministry for every believer. 

Ministry is not a CAREER.  Ministry has nothing to do with income, even though some earn income through ministry. 

Ministry is daily making yourself available for God's purpose as you are led by the Holy Spirit.

BLESSINGS,

Doc
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I completely agree with this, yet that isn't the intent of the parameters for posting on this site, is it?  Some I've wondered about, and I'm sure that others have too.

So perhaps it is appropriate for posters, when first posting on this site, to state their qualification for doing so.  Hence, to start this off, though no one has to do so, for sure....

Personally, I guess I'm more like the apostle in that I have a job to provide for my material needs, (don't always make enough, and the body of believers then gives what is lacking), and yet am the eldest leader (for lack of a better way to put it) in a home church.  Have been for years.  I assume that this qualifies me to post on this site.

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Re: Full time ministry?
« Reply #5 on: Wed Oct 07, 2009 - 06:42:45 »
What is considered "full time ministry"?

Truthfully, the Christian life is all about full-time ministry for every believer. 

Ministry is not a CAREER.  Ministry has nothing to do with income, even though some earn income through ministry. 

Ministry is daily making yourself available for God's purpose as you are led by the Holy Spirit.

BLESSINGS,

Doc
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I appreciate your response here Doc, and I agree also but I was wondering how the admin here defined it seeing how they have a specific forum for the topic.

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« Reply #6 on: Wed Oct 07, 2009 - 08:41:20 »
What is considered "full time ministry"?

Truthfully, the Christian life is all about full-time ministry for every believer. 

Ministry is not a CAREER.  Ministry has nothing to do with income, even though some earn income through ministry. 

Ministry is daily making yourself available for God's purpose as you are led by the Holy Spirit.

BLESSINGS,

Doc
Ephesians 3:20

I appreciate your response here Doc, and I agree also but I was wondering how the admin here defined it seeing how they have a specific forum for the topic.

Good morning, jiggyfly.  I agree - being new here - it would be helpful to know what the intended parameters are for posting in this forum.  Not only so we can comply with the intentions of the administrators, but also so we can know that the background of the ‚Äúposters

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« Reply #7 on: Fri Oct 09, 2009 - 11:40:58 »

 I am also a writer, having written two books, and have written columns and articles for a number of newspapers.

  In addition, I work with the local probation office of our county court system as a court appointed counselor. 



Interesting...What are the books you have written?  Just curious as I am currently writing two.

Also, I am curious... Are you able to talk about the Lord with those you counsel as a court appointed counselor?

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« Reply #8 on: Fri Oct 09, 2009 - 12:56:08 »

 I am also a writer, having written two books, and have written columns and articles for a number of newspapers.

  In addition, I work with the local probation office of our county court system as a court appointed counselor. 



Interesting...What are the books you have written?  Just curious as I am currently writing two.

Also, I am curious... Are you able to talk about the Lord with those you counsel as a court appointed counselor?

The court system places no limitations on my Biblical approach to counseling.  As a matter of fact, some actually encourage it, as they realize that for many, no other form of counseling or therapy has produced desirable results.  Those referred to me by the probation office are informed of who I am and of my approach.  They can opt out for a secular counselor if they so wish.   

I have written two books, as well as a number of booklets and articles.  One book addresses the problem of depression in our society - even among Christians and those in full time ministry - and the other is written on the irrefutable scientific evidence supporting the authority of scripture as Divinely inspired. 

I will not mention the book titles, as it would appear I came here to promote my books - which I didn't - and it would also compromise my anonymity - which I have no interest in doing at this time.  BLESSINGS.  Doc 

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Re: Full time ministry?
« Reply #9 on: Thu Nov 12, 2009 - 18:23:19 »
The New Testament portrays the church as the Spirit filled body of Christ, whose life is sustained and enriched by each members exercise of his or her particular gift. In this sense every member of the church may be considered a true minister of Christ. I don't think that there is such a thing as a part time minister.

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« Reply #10 on: Sun Jan 10, 2010 - 04:56:49 »
While in Ephesus Paul was a tent-maker working with his own hands to meet his own needs and the needs of those who labored with him and yet he still ministered daily. By some standards today Paul would be only a part time minister, yet to one who has read Paul's life over and over Paul's whole life, whether making tents or ministering at the School of the Tyrant, was full time ministry.

My qualifications by the way can be found in 1 Pet. 2:9 I am part of the priesthood of all believers who make up the Body of Christ. I do live in Japan and I have all the paperwork, diplomas, etc., etc. required for professional clergy, but I stashed it away and call myself a brother. No place in N.T. Scripture is anyone required to have papers or a Bible School Education and most of Paul's converts in the early Gentile churches were probably uneducated many of them slaves yet they comprised the elder-ship that emerged in those early churches, their qualification for ministry was their relationship with Christ and the life of the Spirit. Something  that is missing in much of our so-called professional clergy today.
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Re: Full time ministry?
« Reply #11 on: Tue Jan 19, 2010 - 22:41:45 »
I can"t speak for other denominations. The Southern Baptist consider a full-time minister as one that does not also work at a secular job to help meet financial requirements. A full-time pastor most times is afforded a place to live, a car and other amenities such as life insurance and health benefits. Where a part time pastor pays these from other income.

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« Reply #12 on: Wed Jun 16, 2010 - 07:36:02 »
BroBrent, I would agree with you that this would be the accepted idea of what a "full-time" pastor would be.  It seems though that the discussion is delving into a deeper, more spiritual based level and someone here said "I don't believe there are any part-time preachers/ministers" (paraphrased, idea though).  I agee with that to, Christan service isn't part-time on a spiritual level, it's a way of life.  You guys have had good comments and "food for thought".  Thank you all.........


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« Reply #13 on: Thu Jul 08, 2010 - 13:38:51 »
It seems to me that we are discussing semantics as much as anything.  Sometimes we assume everyone defines words as we ourselves do.  Just a few months back after a great deal of prayer, my wife and I decided to sell our businesses and look at opportunities in "full time ministry" (we had not been in full time work in nearly 4 years).  At the time, I was a bi-vocational preacher at a smaller congregation in Tennessee, while primarily supporting my family through business.  When I informed the leadership of the congregation of our plans to reenter "full time ministry" a couple of men were offended and asked what I thought I had been doing there.  I explained the semantics involved and "full-time" being a term preachers/evangelists use to designate that their living is earned from the gospel rather than some secular field (I Cor. 9:14).  I desired to be used by God more completely and devote myself to the benefit of the gospel and without the support of a local church = (salary) it would be difficult for me to do that.  After my explanation we were all on the same page.

All that being said, whether I or anyone else is supported from a church treasury, life for the Christian is ministry.  We must serve in whatever area God has given us abilities to do so.

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Re: Full time ministry?
« Reply #14 on: Thu Jul 08, 2010 - 14:26:28 »
This forum is open to anyone, but deals with those who have chosen to work in ministry as a vocation - like the elders of 1 Timothy 5:17, whose "work" was directing the affairs of the church, preaching, and teaching - for which they were to be paid an honorarium... Or those Paul is talking about in 1 Corinthians 9:14 when he says, "...the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it."