Question: People keep talking about unnecessary ministries and using one I really like as an example. Should I speak up, or are they right?
Answer: Some types of ministries come and go. Something that was popular a few years ago may outlive its usefulness or even its effectiveness. Remember that genuine ministry is built on partnership, not ownership. Do you have a compelling reason why a particular ministry is necessary? Is it impacting your community for Christ, or is it simply something you enjoy? Read Colossians 1:18 and determine if Christ is preeminent in the ministry.
Question: Is it too much to ask to sing a hymn once in a while? Assurance is still blessed, after all.
Answer: Personally, I love many of the old hymns of the faith. In them, we often learn (and internalize) the key truths of Christianity. But I also enjoy many of the contemporary praise choruses, and I’m aware that younger Christians are more attracted to newer praise and worship styles. Share your concern with your church’s worship leaders and ask if a familiar hymn can be included in the musical selections from time to time. You might be pleasantly surprised at the response.
Pat Pajak is IBSA’s associate executive director for evangelism.