ONE MINUTE GUN:“The Ministry of Walking Around”

For those of you who are part of boat racing you know that a big part of what we do as chaplains is simply walking around in the pits spending time talking about racing or any life issue that might be on someone’s mind.

Max Helton, the founder of the NASCAR chaplaincy, called our job “the ministry of hanging out.”  That’s what he did when he became the NASCAR chaplain.

He was so effective at impacting peoples’ lives from the most popular driver to the guy that drove the hauler from race to race.

The amazing thing is, when you stop to think about it, Jesus’ ministry was simply a lot of walking around, as well.

Jesus ministry was not a formal sort of thing like most churches today.  Instead it was  primarily hanging out with twelve disciples living life and responding to what came their way in the flow of life.

There is a fancy term for this: it is called incarnational ministry.  It simply means “the ministry of hanging out!”

It is what Jan and I love doing the most: spending time with people sharing our life in Christ with others … We have had a good example to follow!

“The Son of Man, (Jesus), did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45.

Father, often times we make spirituality complicated. All you want us to do is allow Christ to love others through us by the way we live our lives, love others and speak of the One who gave His life for us.  Amen.


Submitted By Ken Cross, Vice-President of Sports Chaplains Network





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