Beyond the Four Walls: Ministry in the Public Square


Beyond the Four Walls: Ministry in the Public Square
Sharon Ellis Davis 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a dynamic preacher and pastor. Yet, he understood his call to be beyond the four walls of the church. He was called to be the moral voice for those who were experiencing the weight of oppression in our society. This is the call of God upon all of our lives. The weight of apathy and feelings of hopelessness surround and engulf many members of our faith community as well as the wider community. People attend church and ask, "Is there a word from the Lord that speaks to what I am going through?" The social and moral call of pastoral leaders is to develop ministries of teaching, preaching, and pastoral practices that critically and ethically engage Biblical text and to provide ministries that will bring about healing, hope, and wholeness in the church and in society as we engage many of the social ills and moral dilemmas people are challenged with today. 

Scripture: I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let Justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (Amos 5:21-24 NRSV)