Monday, June 11, 2012

At North UMC doing Ministry

This summer, I have been placed at North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indeed, the experience so far has been a good one for me. I have gotten a chance to see the day-to-day life of a church. I realize that a church is as active as its members. Thankfully, the members at North are very active, which means that there are a lot of opportunities the church offers to itself and the world. For example, I recently attended a Sunday School class titled Contemporary Biblical Form. The class, which is taught by Professor Austin Ritterspach, delves deep into the Bible. The class even employs Hebrew and Greek when necessary! On the Sunday I attended, a guest professor from the Christian Theological Seminary (which is the local seminary) took us through the various anointing stories of Jesus in the Gospels. Truly, the class was a treat for me, because it helped me to see that studying is an act of worship to God. I was absolutely thrilled to leave a class feeling smarter and spiritually stronger!

In addition, North offers a lot to the community. On several days of the week, North hosts Bread-and-Bowl, which is a ministry that provides a meal to those who need food. I have enjoyed talking with my brothers and sisters who come in for a hot meal. God has helped me to see that ministry must serve the world and not be self-involved. Furthermore, North hosts a weekly farmers' market for the local community. I have been asked to help out with this market every Thursday evening, which is a pleasure for me. I have gotten the chance to literally taste the fruit of local farmers' labor. North encourages farmers to come sell their produce in order to support themselves, which, in doing so, provides fresh, delicious food for the community.

Indeed, my experience in Indianapolis has been a good one. I am learning a lot about church ministry and looking forward to learning more in the weeks ahead.

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