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Reflection on Ministry: Making House Calls

When it comes to spirituality there are no experts or specialists, only people trying daily to be more like Christ, says chaplain intern Jeremiah Chester, a seminary student at Princeton Theological Seminary. Reflecting on his experience ministering to residents of a psychiatric ward and their families for the African American Lectionary project, an online resource serving African American Christianity, Chester notes that clergy run the risk of forgetting that the call to ministry begins with leaving the places where we feel safe and powerful, including the church. It is when we enter into the lives of people that we can finally embody the gospel message. Read his reflection, along with other reflections from young African American clergy, on the Day to Day page of the lectionary project’s website; or access the PDF of "Making House Calls: A Model for Ministry from the Psychiatric Ward."  

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