A Pauline Perspective on Parish Ministry

As I was cleaning up my office today, I ran across some handouts from a staff/parish council day of recollection back in the Year of Paul. He may have lost a year to the Curé of Ars and the world’s Catholic clergy, but he’s still an apostle. Anyway, consider three brief passages:

Philippians 2:1-5

If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but (also) everyone for those of others. Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:17-20

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Galatians 3:28

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Take these three passages, our presenter said, and construct a job description based on them for parish ministry. I wonder what one would look like for sacred music? Or do you think musicians should remain nose-to-the-grindstone on notes and neumes and leave the Bible-n-theology stuff to the clergy?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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