Ministry, Management, and the Ecumenical Movement

Gary M. Simpson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1987

Issue: The Ministry of the Baptized (Vol. 7, No 4, Fall, 1987)

The ecumenical movement in contemporary America should not be surprised to find itself in a quandary of questions regarding the "ministryā€¯ of the gospel. From the first decades following the ascension of Jesus until the present the whole complex of emerging questions of ministry have been intimately bound up with society-wide crises of authority. While it is nearly impossible to sort out the myriad questions regarding ministry that have arisen in the American context, one factor in particular has and, if left unchecked, will continue to subvert the ministry of the gospel: a society-wide managerial mode of authority. It has intruded into all expressions of the ministry and operates like a wedge in the ongoing dialectic between the ministry of the whole people of God and those within the whole people who exercise an ordained office.

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