In the last few years, I’ve talked to many people who have tried to serve believers and unbelievers outside of traditional church programs and structures. Sometimes, these same people struggle with deciding how they should serve. For example, consider this excerpt from grace’s article “An Ordinary Calling“:
This was a difficult adjustment for me in leaving our former church. Suddenly, I was aware of how much of the respect that I was accustomed to was dependent on my title and position. The position had automatically created ministry opportunities for me. Apart from the position, people were not seeking out ministry, advice, or counsel from me.
If I wanted to be involved in ministry now, it would have to occur in the realm of ordinary life in whatever means I could find to give and serve. This kind of serving not only doesnâ€™t have the prestige of church ministry, it also doesnâ€™t have the stamp of legitimacy that comes with ministry in a church setting.
Perhaps you have had some experience serving people outside of traditional church structures. If so, please share some of the ways that God has used you – in your ordinary life – to serve both believers and unbelievers.