We didn’t know whether to chuckle or shed a tear.

The president of a “ministerial fellowship” had just explained the group’s rasion d’être: “The fellowship is here to make us more effective and enhance ministry in our community.”  Then he explained his view of what that looks like, “That’s why this fellowship is for pastors.”  As in, “pastors only.”


Do we still not get it?


This guy was neck-deep in a room full of capable, gifted believers passionate about ministry and reaching and teaching for Christ.  But the only people he saw were the “paid professionals.”


Is this “ministry” Jesus’ way?