Visitors Weekend: Exploring Mutual Ministry
April 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2013
Visitors Weekends are designed to offer an opportunity for persons to experience community life as lived from the baptismal covenant in the Diocese of Northern Michigan (also called Mutual Ministry, Total Ministry, Local Collaborative Ministry, and Baptismal Ministry).
We find wisdom in these words from a congregation that practices mutual ministry:
“For a long time and in many places, we have allowed ourselves to be communities gathered around a minister rather than being ministering communities. …. Mutual ministry is a commitment to recognize that we all share in Christ’s ministry. It is a process as we listen prayerfully together, as we discern various gifts, and as we become more and more in touch with ministry as a way of life, living out our ministries in the church and in daily life.”
“One of the ways the process is lived out is through the creation of various ministry support teams that help us discern what God is calling us to do individually and collectively, matching our gifts to our calls. In a mutual ministry congregation, clergy are part of the team, not the directors or sole providers of ministry. Pastoral care, Christian formation, preaching, leading, teaching, and spiritual guidance are shared by all the members.”