Today I start a new position, and I took some time last night to go back and remember some fundamental realities. These are my quotes for the week!
Ubi Christus, ibi ecclesisa – “Wherever Christ is, there is the church.”(Ignatius of Antioch).
It is not Jesus Christ who needs our ministries: it is our ministries that need Jesus Christ. (Karl Barth)
Wherever Christ is present in ministry, there my ministry may be found. All ministry is sharing in the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our ministries must be displaced by the ministry of Jesus. We must be bumped aside firmly, perhaps mortifyingly. This is the crucifixion of ministry … and crucifixion carries the concept of redemption.
(all cited in Andrew Purves, The Crucifixion of Ministry, 13-14)