Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "parachurch ministry"

The Church and the Parachurch

I've only been a pastor for three years, but I've noticed one of the acute pressures of this role (a role that I thoroughly enjoy and cherish, by the way). It's the pressure to place emphasis on certain aspects of needed ministry in the church. And much of it comes from parachurch ministries. I'm generally a fan of parachurch ministries. I think they help the larger body of Christ by specializing in needed emphases such as child training, origins, special ethnic outreaches, and activism/politics. I'm deeply grateful for many of these ministries as they serve pastors by informing, training, and helping the church. And their resources are invaluable as we tackle these issues as they come up. But - and you knew one was coming - ministries that specialize in one area tend to look at the entire church through the eyes of their emphases. For instance, a creation ministry might feel...

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