The terms minister and preacher seem interchangable but once you take a moment to reflect on what each actually means, it makes you think a little about your church, what you have and what you want/expect from your religious leader.
I am the type of person who likes to take personal inventory on a regular basis. Just like any business, it is important for me to know what I already have so that I can begin to figure out what I need. It doesn’t make much sense to continue focusing on something that you have already conquered.
Recently, I was thinking about my favorite church, Shaw Temple AME Zion Church, and I was trying to figure out why I enjoyed attending this church so much. I was only in Atlanta for a year but I loved going to this church every Sunday. I like my current church here in Alabama because it is my family’s church. I was born and raised there. My grandparents, mother and son were/are a part of this church so it embodies a great deal of history for me and my family.
Shaw, on the other hand, was filled with strangers. Although there was no history, there is a sense of community and fellowship ia a major part of the service. They have many ministries including a single’s ministry and there is a children’s church as well as day care facilities. My current church does not have any of those things but we have a vibrant Sunday service.
These thoughts made me wonder: in today’s society, do people want a minister who will provide ministries and outreach to help you beyond the Sunday morning service or is being a Sunday morning preacher enough to satisfy your soul?