Among Friends

The Price of Free Ministry We Friends have a certain reputation for doing things our own way. From the earliest days, we railed against the basic structures of Sunday morning churchiness, abandoning paid pastors for a radically unstructured worship where we were all to be ministers and laity. Micah Bales sheds some light on this evolution in his article “Free Ministry for All?” (p. 13). But a funny thing’s been happening in those other churches. A combination of fresh theology, tectonic generational change, and—perhaps most forcefully—shrinking budgets and congregation sizes has been forcing mainstream churches to evolve into🔒

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Martin Kelley is senior editor of Friends Journal.

Posted in: Among Friends, March 2014: Funding Ministry
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