I am a retired ELCA pastor. Over and over, I have seen what at first escaped me in those early, eager, unaware years.
Simply this: Mission must always be approached as a “we” offering, not a “them” project. Ministry is our response to the enduring, unflinching love of God, who goes there—however messy “there” may be—with us. Ministry is an undertaking we do with others, serving one another mutually. We engage in it with an understanding that “they” are really “us”—even when we need God to help us see it.
This message is an excerpt from “Down the rabbit hole” by Helen Hollingsworth in the November 2020 issue of Gather magazine.