How Quaker Meetings Support Ministry

While Quakers believe that we all can be ministers, some are given leadings to commit themselves to ministries deeper and farther afield. How do meetings help discern and support these leadings?

Jon Watts

Jon Watts

Jon Watts launched and directed the QuakerSpeak project for its first 6 seasons. Keep up to date with Jon’s work at his website.

2 thoughts on “How Quaker Meetings Support Ministry

  1. Thanks, John! This one especially spoke to me because, Benigno and Viv both played support roles when I walked last year. Ralph was my pastor when I first joined Friends at Durham MM and I just visited with Doug there over Thanksgiving. Also Jan was a key support for me when I was a released Friend back in the 1990s. So you packed a wholloping amount of my support story into this piece.

    Someone used the word ‘more’ in describing some people’s ministry. I don’t think it is at all hierarchical like that. There’s no way I could’ve done my walk without the hundreds who ministered to me, before, during and after my walk.

    Which leads me to wonder, how many Quaker ‘walking ministers’ are there out there? I know a few who walk occasionally here in NEYM and Shelly Newby who I went to ESR with walked from Indiana to DC a few years back.

    Blessings, joy and gratitude to you, dear F/friend, Sheila

  2. I was very moved by the perspective that we in the meeting can seek out the gifts of our members, who might not easily see for themselves the gifts of ministry they have. We at Hanover Meeting have a combined Ministry and Counsel Committee, which must spend considerable time on membership matters and clearness issues. We rarely have enough time to devote to nurturing ministry; whether in worship or in released ministry. This QuakerSpeak inspires me to ask that we make time to discern these gifts and nurture them.

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