"In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world."
My last post dealt with who is called and qualified to go into missions, whereas this post will deal with who should go into full-time ministry vs. that of part-time ministry. The truth is that Jesus gave us all as followers of him the mission of going into the world to advance his kingdom. Lance Ford points out that when one says, "I'm in full-time ministry," it is really misguided because it implies that those who do not receive a paycheck from a church or organization are only in part-time ministry. It is basically the same as saying, "I'm a pro; you're just an amateur."
This is one huge factor that has hindered our churches and people on fully embracing a missional lifestyle in order to see the surrounding culture reached. There is nothing wrong with being paid in ministry, but when that attitude of professional vs. amateur carries over into the body it creates unnecessary borders that stifles the advance of the kingdom.
I have witnessed this in recent days within the organization I am serving with overseas as there is a heavy attitude of "career vs. short-term." Nothing wrong with the categories within themselves, but the problem has come in once again as this attitude of "career = professional and short-term = amateur." There is really nothing further from the truth and these manmade categories are really only hurting the advancement of the kindgom overseas.
We must remember that as believers we are all considered priest so as disciples of Christ we are sent on mission just as he was sent on mission. And team Jesus is just that a team made up of full-time ambassadors of Christ, regardless of the particular vocation you are in or the way you earn a paycheck. Jesus has "called" us all into full-time ministry so there really is no distinction. Sure as the body of Christ we have different roles to play in being a full-time player for Team Jesus, but each role is designed by God for the advancement of His Kingdom.