Last week, Dan Edelen had a somewhat pessimistic post about whether it is possible to really serve the Lord while maintaining a career and middle-class lifestyle.
I want to believe that a man can work a sixty-hour week, spend quality time with his wife and kids, be involved in his community, find time for leisure, and still be an effective disciple of Jesus Christ.
Who is actually doing the work of the ministry today? It’s a handful of people, mostly full-time Christian workers.
As I noted yesterday, I want to believe that the average Christian man working a middle management job in some cubicle in Conglomo Corporation can make a difference for Christ. But I don’t see it. I see that man’s large suburban tract home, his boat, his trips to Disneyworld, his 401k account, but I don’t see any impact for the Kingdom.
The primary ministry of the average person is their family and their job. By fulfilling their responsibilities in these areas, are they neglecting the work of the kingdom?
Often when the topic of bi-vocational ministry is discussed, the conclusion is that it is not possible to do both, that ministry requires one’s full-time attention.
What does this mean in a missional sense? Perhaps it is not possible for the average, working-class person to be an effective disciple. Or perhaps they are setting themselves up for missional fatigue by believing they can do both.
What do you think?