"Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good." - I Cor. 12:7 (NIV)
The Apostle Paul’s image of the body is one of the best metaphors of community that I have ever heard. It integrates unity and diversity. As a body of Christ, we at Plymouth Church have a common mission to bring more fully and to make more visible the Realm of God on earth. Yet, like the parts of the body, all the people of Plymouth are different and will contribute to that common mission in different ways.
In the church, we use the term “call” to express the discernment of and the energetic pull to engage both our shared common call of ministry and our particular call in expressing that larger ministry. My particular call (from the early 90’s) was to serve the Realm of God through ordained ministry; leading, teaching, counseling, and preaching in the local church. For some people, being a pastor is a good match for their best ministry.
Yet, ministry is for everybody in the church, not just pastors. We are all called to serve God’s mission in some way. Everybody can do something. At Plymouth, we have nearly a hundred different expressions of ministry that call for different gifts and graces. Some are quiet and behind the scenes and some are right up front in greeting and engaging others. Some are one-time projects and some are ongoing efforts that take time. Matching people to their best ministry is the goal.
That’s why I want you to bring your phone to church this Sunday, September 18th (or have your smartphone or computer handy at home). God may call you on it! Here’s how: We are launching Plymouth Ministry Match, an online survey that identifies your likely best matches for ministry through Plymouth Church. In 5 minutes, you can complete that survey and receive results almost instantly including links to click on to find out more about those suggested ministries. Taking the survey doesn’t commit you to anything. It only suggests where your best service might be. It also helps leaders of ministries to know who in our community of hundreds might be suited for a given ministry. Ministry Match is set up to generate more focused and useful conversations in finding the right ministry match for you through Plymouth Church.
Whether it’s fighting for a cause, welcoming people in, organizing a project, helping with creating quality worship, caring for others in need, or even maintaining the ministry of our building, there’s a ministry match for you at Plymouth Church!
Join us for Ministry Match at church or online Sunday during both worship services!