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God provides passion for ministry

By Susan Johnson
8/7/2003
[Triennial Today]  According to Mary MacGregor, in order to be passionate for ministry, one must be in relationship with God. It is necessary to spend quiet time daily with no distractions. The Holy Spirit will guide one to ministry if there is an openness and willingness to listen. The Bible is a good source for seeking ministry direction as is reading Christian authors.

Speaking at a workshop during the Episcopal Church Women's Triennial meeting, MacGregor said discernment of ministry has been a lifelong vocation, and she sees that it is that for any Christian. She is a congregational development consultant for the Diocese of Texas.

Particular gifts are given to each person and are given for a good purpose. In a process of gifts discovery, anyone can find what they have to offer as a ministry. Opportunities present themselves in myriad ways, and a person who is open and attuned to God will discern the ways God is calling her or him and respond willingly.

Passion, in MacGregor’s understanding, is a deep emotional longing of the heart that often motivates a person to act. To have a passion for ministry is to have “a God-given longing of the heart that compels you to make a difference in a particular area of ministry. Through it God is glorified, people are edified and you come to a clear understanding of God’s call in your life,” she said.

MacGregor went on to ask those in attendance to divide into small groups and identify roles and activities about which they have been passionate. This activity set the stage for learning the areas of ministry into which God may be calling them.

We have all been equipped for ministry and once we find our passion, God will open doors to allow it to happen, MacGregor said.