Three stages of ministry

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Rev. Dr. Chris Momany explores the value of ministry driven by vision and ministry driven by love.

“Conscientious folk have already reminded us that April is the anniversary of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s martyrdom,” says Chris Momany. “””Bonhoeffer was a follower of Jesus who listened to God instead of the Nazis during World War II. For his faithfulness, he was hanged in April 1945.

“Reflection led me to my favorite Bonhoeffer quote, from his brief but profound piece, Life Together: ‘God hates visionary dreaming; it makes the dreamer proud and pretentious.’

“I like this quote for many reasons,” Chris explains, “not least because it sounds counterintuitive – it cuts across the grain of most leadership theory and popular church writing. Yet I have tripped over and learned from this wisdom, too.”

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