OFFICIAL VS. NON-OFFICIAL

I'm participating in a ministry transition right now and the issues involved have raised some questions:
  • What are the benefits of existence as an official ministry of the local church? What are the risks?
  • What are the benefits of existence as a non-official ministry of the local church? What are the risks?
  • How does one decide whether to remain official or go non-official?
  • If going non-official means being perceived as unrelated to the local faith community, what theological issues come into play? What are the parameters for such a decision?
  • Given that there are both theological and political/administrative issues involved, how does one weight these issues?
  • Which criteria should carry the most weight?
  • If population size a factor in keeping a ministry official, how much weight should it carry?

I'm sure there's more, but that's it for now.

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2 comments:

  1. Isn't there just one important issue here? i.e. accountability? The rest is just visibility?

    Sorry if I've missed the point.

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  2. Actually, I'm in so much flux that I'm not sure of the point. I'll be adding some thoughts when I have time to gather them.

    Though I think your first response--accountability with the rest being just visibility--is an excellent insight.

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