Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sexy Ministry versus Dirty Ministry

Sexy Ministry is any pseudo good deed you do for show. Dirty Ministry is what you do everyday that might happen to be a good deed. Dirty Ministry is habitual, difficult, but the common work of service to the Lord.

Sexy Ministry says catch phrases and important sounding words that often confuse the listener so as not to disappoint the listener. Dirty Ministry speaks the truth even when the truth is not safe, even when you will be punished for the truth.

Sexy Ministry draws firm lines between what a minister should and should not do. It determines which tasks are possibly below her, and always seeks to shove herself above that line. Dirty Ministry is pushing a broom, setting out the chairs, putting together the film projector because all these tasks are to the greater glory of God. Because menial tasks are not for menial people (there are no menial people). Because when we perform these tasks together, we get to know each other in service to the Lord.

Sexy Ministry is all about boundaries and limits, whining about how hard you work, wrapped up in clergy wellness. Dirty Ministry is about knowing when you need to stop, realizing that you are limited and asking for help.

Sexy Ministry protects all its good ideas and does not believe in sharing because someone else might get the credit. Dirty Ministry releases control of ideas and is not threatened when someone can do something better than you. Dirty Ministry wonders how you can help that gifted person execute that great idea. Dirty Ministry knows that success is not measured in who gets the glory, but in a job well done.

10 comments:

Paul said...

Well said, all the way around!

P. A. W. said...

Let the church say AMEN!

romelover said...

Just recently found y'all and must say, I am liking what I'm reading! thanks for the witness.

MadPriest said...

Excellent and prophetically accurate. I do love it when a woman priest talks dirty. I will link to this immediately.

Lindy said...

Yes, I like it when women priests talk dirty too... also when they talk sexy.

MadPriest said...

I'm afraid that might scare me.

LKT said...

Love. This.

Ansku said...

Amen!

Jane Redmont said...

Nice! Though next time, try it with a positive use of the word "sexy" and see what happens.

Alison said...

Thanks for this! I was tidying the desk, but instead kept reading, laughing and weeping. Now I feel much better and almost ready to face the next year!