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iddle Voice Mutual Ministry Reviews What is a Mutual Ministry Review?

A mutual ministry review is a discernment process in which the leaders of the congregation ask: Who is God calling this congregation to be? How is this congregation presently responding to God's call? And how is this congregation going to respond to God's call? The MMR is an effort to discern God's will for the church and call for all ministers (lay and clergy) to be accountable for it.

Why conduct a Mutual Ministry Review?

A mutual ministry review offers opportunities (i) for the clergy, the vestry and the parish community to assess how effectively they are fulfilling their responsibilities to each other and their ministries, (ii) to celebrate the ministries of the congregation, (iii) to identify areas for growth and development, and (iv) to identify ways to enhance the various ministries of the church and all its people.

A complete Mutual Ministry Review Process will provide:

  • An effective evaluation of what is going well and what needs attention (especially in terms of how well we are living our Baptismal Covenant and becoming disciples);
  • A shared vision of where God is calling the congregation; and
  • A strategy that produces clear priorities and objectives for the congregation, specific goals for achieving them, and an understanding of the shared expectations, formation, leadership and resources needed to accomplish them.

What is the theological basis for Mutual Ministry Review?

The church can become the body of Christ in the world if we "grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love" (Ephesians 4:15-16). For the church to become more of the body of Christ, each person needs to bring and use their special gifts in the community (1 Corinthians 12). Because all of the members of the body are interconnected, the work of the body is "mutual ministry" and we share responsibility to observe and review our ministries within our commitment to follow Christ and be God's people.

A mutual ministry review helps us to be accountable to God for our actions, a stewardship responsibility portrayed in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25). Most importantly, a mutual ministry review enables us to share and witness to the activity of God in our lives and community, as when the seventy disciples returned to proclaim what miracles had happened in God's name (Luke 10).

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