Those of you who've read this blog for a while, probably know that I am trying to cut down on my duties. The good wife and I are intending to narrow down our focus to almost exclusively work in the areas of non-violence and debt. And, to be completely honest, I wouldn't mind the odd day off every now and then!
Yet, given all that, I find myself facing the option of taking on a whole new sphere of work.
The local University's Chaplaincy Team have asked me to apply to join them as the Baptist Chaplain. It would be on a volunteer basis, as it were, with any time being given understood as a part of my normal 'ministry' in the church. (At the moment, I'd like to be able to give a morning, or afternoon per week, possibly rising to a day a week as the church are able to relase me a bit more.)
Am I losing my mind?!
Every ounce of common sense within me (3.2, at last count) says that it's stupid to be taking this on, at this point in time. Yet, I can't shake the feeling that this excites me more than almost anything I've considered for quite some time. And, though this really isn't something I say about anything at all, I actually think I'd be quite good at it (by the grace of God, depending on the Spirit's power, etc.).
So, I could really do with some prayer, folks. I don't want to make a stupid decision and get bogged down in something that I clearly should just let pass me by. On the other hand, if this is something that might be described as being brought about by God (whatever that might mean), or simply a great opportunity of learning and serving, I don't want to miss such a great offer.
Pray for me guys, but more than that, pray for those that I do and might yet minister to!