Send Me!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

There is an internet piece making it's way around the pastor and church-worker circles lately. It focuses on potential church professionals that would struggle to get hired...

Adam: Good man but problems with his wife. Also one reference said that he and his wife enjoy walking through the woods in the nude.
Noah : Former pastor of 120 years with no converts. Prone to unrealistic building projects.
Joseph : A big thinker , but a braggart, believes in dream –interpretation, and has a prison record.
Moses : A modest and godly man, but a poor communicator . Stutters. Sometimes flies into a rage and acts rashly. Left an earlier position under a murder charge.
Isaiah : On the fringe. Claims to have seen angels in church.
Jonah : Refused God's call into ministry until he was forced to obey after beingswallowed by a great fish, which he claimed spit him outon the shore. We hung up.
John: Says he is Baptist, but doesn’t dress or act like one. Sleeps outdoors, eats a strange diet, and provokes religious leaders.
Peter : Too blue collar. Has a bad temper—known to curse. Had a major conflict with Paul in the Antioch. Aggressive evangelist, but a loose cannon.
Paul : Powerful leader and fascinating preacher. However, short on tact, unforgiving of younger preachers, and has been known to preach all night.
Timothy : Too young.
Jesus : Has had popular success. Grew audience to 5000, but then offended them all until only 12 were left. Seldom stays in one place very long. And he’s single.
Judas : Possibilities here. Solid references. A steady worker. Conservative. Good connections. Knows how to handle money. Invited to preach Sunday.
(author anonymous)

In all honesty, what are the qualifications for ministry? First, let me say, we are each called to ministry. Whether you are selling plumbing supplies, teaching public school, collecting trash, a homemaker, funeral director, realtor, selling medical equipment, working for a church, a CEO, a lawyer, or a financial planner- you are called to ministry.

How do you know if you are qualified for your position in ministry? You simply follow in the way of Isaiah, in Isaiah 6 verse 8. God asks,” Whom shall I send?...and Isaiah answers , ‘ Here I am; send me!” If you are ready to be sent, God has a ministry position for you this Labor Day and every day. There is no higher calling nor better way for you to Labor!

See you on Sunday!

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David Jensen

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