Already, people have referred to this as "my" venue...and I've interrupted them, correcting them on their use of language.
This is not my ministry.
Certainly, I've been hired to be the lead shepherd, servant, the main communicator, the vision caster. But it is not my ministry.
Why not? I will list ten (but certainly not all) reasons:
(1) Because its not about me to begin with. It's about God.
(2) Because it implies I am the expert.
(3) Because if its all about me, it looks, sounds and is arrogant.
(4) Because it implies I have it all figured out.
(5) Because it implies that I don't need any help and that people should just come and spectate.
(6) Because its so much more fun to do ministry together with others in life and because Sunday Night will be so much more fun when its done in a group rather than just simply me.
(7) Because we are all in a "royal priesthood" as Peter writes, and have a role to play and spiritual gifts to be used.
(8) Because I will get burned out, bitter and frustrated and you will get bored and annoyed with me when that happens.
(9) Because it would stunt your growth as a Christian and you would think God is a pretty two-dimensional God.
(10) Because being the church means serving together - and there is a biblical mandate that every single one of us has a vital part to play in the Body of Christ. I have a significant part to play, but so do you.
So, if I may make a request: in conversation please don't refer to it as "J.R.'s ministry."