As so many things in our world continually change, I have committed to going back to basics. When I opened Myrtle Fillmore’s Healing Letters, I heard the “mother” of our Unity movement speaking to all of our ministry leaders when she wrote:
I feel that I am only the soul who caught the first vision of this ministry, and who nurtured that vision until others came along to help in the establishment of it in the minds and hearts of our dear ones…. You too are the mother of Unity, because in your heart you have the same ideals, and the same great generous spirit, and the endless and tireless service, and the love that never fails! (pp. 10-11)
So how do we help establish our Unity teachings in the minds and hearts of those spiritual seekers in our communities? In this issue you’ll find a wealth of information focused on the enduring as well as the emerging aspects of ministry.
Speaking to the enduring aspects of ministry, Greg Levoy encourages us to nurture our own call to leadership. Bob Marshall, in “Insights from the Long Haul,” shares an enduring perspective of administration, teaching, and counseling. You’ll also find various outreach initiatives, and three ministers from various-sized ministries offering perspectives on pastoral care. And be sure to read about International Youth of Unity’s 75th anniversary celebration.
So what is new and changing in ministry? Check out the articles about new ways to reach the hearts and minds of dear ones through social media, Facebook, and Meetup.com. Read up on how to manage polarities, and even perhaps consider changing your community’s name.
All aspects of ministry—both enduring and emerging—are significant and have the ability to change lives. As Myrtle reminds us, “What is important is that we are doing what the Father has given us to do, according to our best light.”