Thursday, March 17, 2016

My Ministry Bucket List

I was having a great conversation with our youth minister one day and I shared with him something I was planning. I casually referred to it as something on my "ministry bucket list" - a term I had never used before. He then encouraged me to publish a post on such a ministry bucket list. The following is thanks to that encouragement.

Typically, a bucket list describes what an individual wants to experience before they die. Similarly, then, what follows is a list of ministry opportunities I would like to witness and participate in before retiring from ministry. I am certain this list will grow and, who knows, shrink as I am blessed with the opportunity to enjoy each.

Remarry a Divorced Couple - I believe in the destructive power of sin. As such every minister has witnessed the effects of sin in many marriages. Divorce makes a mess of everything and the church feels its sting as much as anyone. After a divorce takes place, I always pray that one day these sinners will repent of their sin and through the power of the gospel and through the ministry of the local church, this couple will one day be reunited in marriage.

Perform a Wedding on a Sunday Morning - In the imagery given us in Revelation of the new heavens and the new earth, at the center of heavenly worship is a wedding. The two go hand-in-hand and any wedding that is not a worship service is missing the beauty of the gospel and marriage. I would love to marry a couple one Sunday morning in place of the usual worship service. For the couple, this is ideal. There will automatically be music, a choir, a congregation who loves them, a minister, and a church.

Preach in Historic Pulpits - I think this is on every pastor's list. To stand in the pulpit of the giants whose shoulders we now stand on is a very high honor. The two great men that come immediately to mind are John Knox and Martin Luther.

Preach in Historic Family Pulpits -  In a similar vein, I would love to preach in the historic pulpits of churches founded or pastored by some of my Christian ancestors.

Offering Plate Full of Coins Dropped on Hardwood Floor - This is more for my own entertainment. I can't help but think of how much like a Mr. Bean scene this would be.

What am I missing? What would you add?
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