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Think about how most ministers are trained in seminary. They are trained -- we were trained! -- to do things. In particular, we were trained to execute certain skills -- preaching, teaching the Bible, offering pastoral care and counseling, and so forth. Ministers are trained to perform certain religious tasks on behalf of a congregation.
This “performative” model of ministry -- so called because it emphasizes performing certain activities -- served the church well for the last century or two.
This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.
David Lose is the author of the popular books Making Sense of Scripture, Making Sense of the Christian Faith, and Making Sense of the Cross. You can find his writing on faith and life at his blog "...In the Meantime." David is the Director of the Center for Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary where he teaches with amazing students and colleagues. David led the creative team that developed Working Preacher where he writes a weekly column on the upcoming lectionary texts.
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