The “Soup” of Church Ministry….

I had a moment of inspiration while eating my lunch today. Eating the Grilled Chicken and Sausage Gumbo reminded me of life in church ministry. It really is a “soup”. It’s a lot of individual ingredients put together to accomplish a purpose. In the case of my Gumbo, it’s each ingredient adding to the overall flavor of the meal by working together to contribute to the overall flavor of the meal.

This brings to mind what the Apostle Paul writes about the Body of Christ having many parts. A soup would not be soup without a broth, but all broth is just broth. God has placed us together to serve His purpose of bringing a flavor of His Hope, His Purpose, and His Kingdom to a lost world. What are we individually contributing to the overall flavor of the church that is giving the world a small taste of what the Kingdom of God is like? It may be that we are giving a spicy, bold flavor. We may be giving a bland stale taste that needs refreshed.

May our prayer be that we all contribute the role that God designed for each one of us.

We all have a purpose in the mix of the church community....
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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at and on the Kindle Store.

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