fredag 17. juni 2016

Diaconal ministry

It is important to have a broad understanding of the term "diaconal ministry". 

As a young soldier I was a little surprised that the Army always spoke and wrote about the social work. With a strong administrative distinction between "field" and "social", it was often referred to the "evangelical-" and "social-" work. It was wrong on both parts. The field believed that they also ran social work, while the social services felt hurt that the field took monopoly on being evangelical.

It is interesting to note that most of the characteristics I associate with the Christian mission is present in the service of
Philip, the deacon.
Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said.
Acts 8:5-6
Philip had left Jerusalem because of persecution, but he continued his diaconal work in Samaria. It included both preaching and serving people with signs and wonders. This is a very important confirmation that although there are differences in ministries, there is only one mission. We cannot choose to be "just" a worshiping community or "just" a social ministry. 

Therefore, the focus the Salvation Army has on the concept of "ONE" mission is absolutely vital – because it is an integrated mission. In a great way this is portrayed in the ministry of Philip.

'Manna' for today:
One mission!

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