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The Pastor's Pen

“Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for that person.”- Clergy Coaching Network

Often times when asked to reflect upon the ministry of the church, thoughts of our corporate worship experiences enter our minds. We think of these intentionally planned corporate ministry experiences that provide opportunities for us to pray, praise, and worship together, as well as hear the Word of God preached, and partake in the sacraments. Some may even reflect upon the blessed ministry moments that we participate in as a community of faith, led by our Reach/Missions Ministries. We also are reminded of the ministry and fellowship that the different BBC ministries plan and implement, that we are able to be a part of throughout the year. We praise God for the various spiritual formation classes that are available for us on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Wow! Thank You God for so many opportunities to spiritually grow.

While we are appreciative of all of the wonderful ways that we are able to experience ministry together, we must not neglect another component of Christian ministry that is just as significant and meaningful- ministering one-on-one. Ministering one-on-one enables us to be used of God under the unction of Holy Spirit to share the Word of God that addresses the unique situation of the individual. Holy Spirit enables Disciples of Jesus Christ to offer genuine ministry to an individual in the manner that is most effective for them based upon the stage of the person’s Christian growth. Ministering one-on-one puts feet to our affirmation when we are walking with others along their journey. One who is strong in the Spirit is able to help the one who is weak so that he may be edified.

It is important to know that ministering one-on-one is a God ordained assignment and requires the leading and direction of Holy Spirit. As Holy Spirit leads us to come alongside someone and we accept the God assignment to minister to them, God will enable us to meet them where they are. When we are on assignment by God to minister one-on-one, we see people as people, and more than that we see them as children of God. We also remember that while we are on assignment we too will be blessed, because the one that we are ministering to in turn will contribute much into our lives as well. It is also important that we know that not everyone is our assignment, and that like any other assignment in ministry, God’s love and Word should be made evident in what we say and do.

Lord, thank You for every assignment that you give us to help change the world for someone today.

We who are strong in faith should help the weak with their weaknesses, and not please only ourselves. Let each of us please our neighbors for their good, to help them be stronger in faith.                                                                                                -Romans 15:1-2 NCV

Much Love,
God's Peace,

Pastor Juanita A. W. Harrison

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