Context and Location
For Better Or Worse
he context and location
Listening...and other minstry activities...have physical boundaries
Whether you are doing...
- pastoral counseling...
- spiritual direction...
- or any other kind of ministerial
And where it takes place is crucial to prevent
misunderstanding on the part of either person about what
is to take place.
Inappropriate context and location lead to behavior that
undermines the goals of ministry.
And at such times...the minister is literally out
Unless the minister is visiting someone in a
hospital or a prison -- or
some other place the person cannot leave -- personal contacts
should take place on the minister's turf.
For example, priests and religious sent for
treatment were often doing
what they thought was ministry in
a contradictory setting such as we saw in catholic campus ministry.
And you can see the same contradiction between context and ministry
activity... when a pastor offers spiritual
direction to a seminarian
over romantic candle
The contexts of these examples give double and
maybe triple messages. However...one thing is clear...The
ministers' definitions of ministry were strictly private...hidden
agendas. And the cost was great.
Do your own ministry evaluation...before someone else does.
and location you can return to professional boundaries.
Or you can...