Proclaimer (Ministers) of the Word
Ministers of the Word are ordinary people called by God through the church and ordained for a particular kind of ministry service. Through word and action they proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, recalling and representing the Scriptures and Christian teaching. Ministers of the Word help God's people to hear and study the Scriptures, and to relate the gospel to everyday life. The Uniting Church has recently affirmed the teaching ministry of ordained ministers. To be a Minister of the Word is to be committed to studying and praying with the Scriptures, and helping others to drink from this well of wisdom and hope. Ministers are not 'know all's'; they are learners who encourage others to learn with them.
Ministers of the Word are called to celebrate! They enable the people of God to acknowledge and respond to the gracious presence of God in worship. Ministers call on the many gifts of the people of God so that liturgy genuinely is the activity of the whole congregation. Through preaching, prayer, and celebrating the sacraments, Ministers of the Word invite people to encounter the living God who transforms our lives and our world. Ministers do not 'do everything': they share their gifts and calling and encourage others to do likewise.
Ministers of the Word are pastors. Recognizing that Christ's ministry was grounded in compassion and God's desire for human wholeness, Ministers of the Word offer pastoral care to people in the congregation and wider community. Making you available as a listener, guide and a support is perhaps one of the most challenging and also rewarding aspects of this ministry.
Ministers do not try to 'be all things to all people': they encourage and equip the congregation to show Christian compassion in their daily lives. Ministers of the Word serve in many and varied settings: in congregations both large and small; rural, urban and suburban; in schools, hospitals, outback patrol ministries, industrial chaplaincy, community service agencies, armed services, prisons and other settings.
To join this ministry, please call the parish office, 905.356.7533 --
or drop your name, phone number and ministry in the collection.
Ministry Lead - Maria Robles