What does a bishop do?
All over the place, people ask the same question about pastors. What do you do with your week? What does an average week look like? Do you really do this full-time?
Pastors ask the same question of bishops.
In my line of work, people ask this same question. What's a Staffworker do? What's an Area Director do?
We have options, actually. Our job descriptions are so big and our predecessors so diverse, we end up with multiple paths of faithfulness. What I mean by that, is that we can do the job faithfully, differently.
Despite our options, it is rare to find someone in a position of coordinating ministry who makes evangelism their focus. But it doesn't have to be this way. In fact, it might be best if it wasn't this way.
This was my last take-away from The Celtic Way of Evangelism by George Hunter. I'll move on after this, I promise.
Hunter claims that Celtic bishops saw themselves primarily as evangelists, not as administrators. Paul might have been in the same boat. I can't imagine the apostle seeing himself as an administrator. Even though quite a bit of his writing centers around the collection for the church in Jerusalem, Paul didn't seem to spend the bulk of his time administrating.
What would happen if people with jobs like mine shifted their focus?
What would happen if the people asking other people to "do evangelism" were evangelists themselves?