Three Faces of Ministry
An Interconnected Web
Many people understand that Releasing Ministry Alliance serves people who carry a ministry. But that is not the whole story.
Three groups are served - people who:
Together, these three groups, with Divine assistance, form a stable ecosystem. If any of the three are absent, ministry can falter or fail.
- offer ministry,
- receive ministry, or
- support a ministry (spiritually and/ or materially).
A well-functioning faith community connects these groups in an on-going relationship so all may share their blessings.
Releasing Ministry Alliance connects them on a wider scale - across faith communities and the branches of the Religious Society of Friends.
We imagine this and more. And, except for the website, so did earlier Friends imagine and live out these things as explained in Marty Grundy's article, Ministry and Money from Friends Journal. And so did early Christians as described in the Book of Acts.
- Imagine being able to see a directory of ministries on one website and to invite a ministry to your meeting/ church.
- Imagine fulfilling the needs of ministries you wish to support through prayer, funding, home hospitality, etc.
- Imagine a minister not being constrained by their own resources but, instead, drawing on an interdependent network.
Thanks to generous Friends, Releasing Ministry Alliance has raised $8,485 with pledges of another $2,000 toward our $16,000 goal. Other Friends have been offering spiritual accountability, prayer, outreach, and in-kind services.
This support has allowed Viv Hawkins, Vonn New, and friends to publish an informational website, send 8 of these mailings to more than 300 people, present to various Friends' congregations and institutions, produce a publicity video (coming soon), apply for incorporation, and build the fields and structure of the database for ministries.
How are you involved in any of these three faces of ministry? Let us know at our contact page or contribute at the link below.