Tony Miltenberger is a husband, father, and follower of Christ. He is currently serving as the lead pastor at Restoration Church Centerville, ohio.

Finding Your Ministry

Finding Your Ministry

Dear Friends,

What if I told you the best ministry you might ever do will have nothing to do with the church? I know – crazy idea, but lately I have been thinking about it more and more.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for ministry through the church and in the church. I want the church building to be a place of hope and social justice. I want the church building to be an anchor in the community that draws people to it. So before anyone sends me a note saying I am against ministry in the church, please know that’s not what I am saying.

What I am saying is that the best ministry you might ever do is probably going to be born out of you – your life. I think at the intersection of your personal gifts mixed with the pain you see in the world just might be where God is calling you to do ministry.

AND you don’t need the church for that!!!  

You don’t need the church to share the Gospel, you don’t need the church to disciple & love your neighbor, and you certainly don’t need the church to do the right thing (whatever that right thing might be). My buddy Justin Gravitt talks about this concept in great detail in our last podcast. He goes on to say that one of the most important things we can do is to live into the ministry right where God has us.

You can listen to that conversation here.

As someone who serves the church I want the church to be a force multiplier for the Kingdom of God. I want that for everyone. However, I am also mindful that sometimes the church can be the ceiling of what God is calling you to do as well.

Just like with everything else in this broken world – we have to live in the tension. The tension of using the very sacred space of the church, versus the tension of doing ministry on your own. Both those things are important.

If you need help, please look to the church!

If you can do it on your own, please don’t wait on the church!

The best ministry you might ever do may have nothing to do with the church, and that is okay.

Together in the Mission,

Tony

 

 

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