Fraternals – Encouragement or Endurance Test?November 1, 2007
Minister’s fraternals can have different purposes. Some exist primarily to maintain relationships within the ‘Christian community’, even among those of greatly different persuasions. Others appear to be little more than a collective sharing of church ‘problems’ on the one hand, or ‘successes’ on the other. Both discouraging!
(The guys of Together for the Gospel – photo courtesy of Solo Femininity)
However, the ‘fraternal’ I enjoyed yesterday (with several other younger Scottish ministers) was something different. We came from broadly similar perspectives on the fundamentals, prayed for each other in a constructive fashion, and spent most of our time positively discussing issues of ministry. There was purpose and content. The Tim Keller video we watched and discussed – from the Gospel Coalition – was most profitable. All in all, the meeting was a good use of our time.
I’m not saying that fraternals can’t have other purposes. But generally speaking, should they not be encouragements rather than endurance tests?