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Outpost Ministry and Life

  As parents we have wondered when it would be okay to introduce our kids to the classic movie   Dances With Wolves . Maybe Kevin Costner’s best role and such a memorable movie for us Gen Xers. Of course the themes in the movie are not too devastating for our kids (11, 8, 6) but we remember them as bold because of the age we first watched. Thinking of the lone soldier sent to serve at an outpost which he finds deserted relates significantly with small church ministry. At times it can feel like, as the lone vocational pastor, I have been sent to run an outpost without battalion. Much of the work to be done falls into my hands and with few true partners in the labor, it can be an isolating experience. Like Costner’s character you have a couple of options. Go crazy and find yourself in the bottom of a pond. Or do the work, repair what is broken and restore the outpost. It’s exhausting and endless but beats the alternative. I am thankful that I have among me wonderful people hungry for mor