May 2012

Ambitious people climb, but faithful people build – Julia Ward Howe

Recently I returned to Andover Newton, where I received my seminary education, to participate in a panel discussion with the ambitious goal of exploring “the state of ministry.” My co-panelists were both American Baptists. Ashlee Weist-Laird serves a small, racially and socio-economically diverse congregation in Jamaica Plain. Jeffrey Brown led Union Baptist Church in Cambridge for many years and at the same time ministered to youth on the streets, at night. He founded and is now Executive Director of Boston’s Ten Point Coalition, a group that collaborates with community and government organizations to serve high-risk youth, particularly those involved in or affected by gang violence.

We each talked about the places we serve, and how we decide where to invest our energy. We considered together what it means to be faithful, and to invite those we serve to be faithful.

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