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Rethinking “Clergy/Laity” (pt. 1)

May 28, 2009

“The vast majority of Christians have not been helped to see that who they are and what they do every day in schools, workplaces or clubs is significant to God, nor that the people they spend time with in those everyday contexts are the people God is calling them to pray for, bless and witness to. So we pray for our Sunday school teachers but not, for example, for schoolteachers working 40 hours a week in schools among children and adults who on the whole don’t know Jesus. We pray for overseas missionaries but not for Christian electricians, builders, shop assistants and managers in our towns… We have simply not been envisioned, resourced and supported to share the Good News of Jesus in our everyday contexts.”

– Tim Chester, Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community, 36

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  1. May 29, 2009 1:49 pm

    This is a great article. I found it from Alan Knox.
    My wife is a public high school teacher. She was feeling convicted one day feeling that she wasn’t doing her part for the kingdom.
    The Lord then reminded her that she is a missionary! She gets the opportunity to reach over 250 kids everyday of the school year.
    She shows the love of Christ to these kids and it shows. She comes home in the evenings telling me stories of past students who come back to the school just to say hello.
    The areas you described are definately missionaries.
    Thank you,
    Steven O.

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