Ministry Monday: “Reach, Build, Send” and Suffer (Lee Gatiss)
Posted by Sophia Akouo, 20 Feb 2017
Summary talk by Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society, at the JAEC conference last summer.
Revd Dr Lee Gatiss gave us the final talk of the 2016 JAEC conference: “Reach, Build, Send: A Pattern for Anglican Ministry”. In his talk Lee spoke from 2 Tim 2: 1-13, explaining how suffering is a major theme throughout 2 Timothy, for instance Paul tells Timothy to share in suffering in vs 3. Likewise we too should be prepared to suffer for the gospel and not to become entangled in the affairs of this world, but instead, living for God requires hard work (as the illustrations of the soldier, athlete, and farmer show)! It will be worth it though, as godliness is of value now and also in the life to come. Lee then encouraged us to persevere in the Church of England, to remain steady and firm in the face of the difficulties we face, and not to be tempted away into an easier, faithless ministry.
The talk was a useful and helpful summary to the conference, and reminded us of the future glory we will experience if we remain faithful to the end.
Lee on the Lectionary: 2nd Sunday before Lent (Year A)
Posted by Lee Gatiss , 15 Feb 2017
God works to provide for both creation and new creation, so that we may patiently strive to please him. Lee Gatiss expounds the lectionary readings for this Sunday.
The readings for the 2nd Sunday before Lent (Year A) are Genesis 1:1-2:3, Romans 8:18-25, and Matthew 6:25-34. In this sort video, Lee Gatiss expounds those readings for us today.
Ministry Monday: “Send” - Paul Williams on sending out gospel workers
Posted by Sophia Akouo, 13 Feb 2017
At the JAEC conference last summer, Paul Williams explained how a local parish church can thrust labourers into the harvest fields at home and abroad.
Paul Williams, Vicar of Christ Church Fulwood, challenged us to be ministers who send people out from our churches to minster elsewhere, be they ordinands, cross-cultural missionaries, or other gospel workers. Instead of neglecting this task due to busyness and the priority of reaching and building (made harder when our leading people leave), we ought to prioritise it as Paul models in 2 Timothy 2:2. We were shown the dangers of allowing a church to fill up and get lazy, and shown that sending people out helps people see the need to reach out and equip new converts to replenish the local church. And just as we thought this could only happen in large churches, we were challenged to at least identify and train one person to send.
This talk was a useful reminder of how the local church can be used to advance the gospel in other places rather than just our own parish locality.