This cartoon comes from a true story of a local pastor who, after each service, sits behind a velvet rope and allows the people to come through a line to shake his hand. The people are also allowed to give him money as they pass through the line.  I look at this image as a metaphor for ministry in general.  Here are the questions I ask myself and I hope you will ask of yourself as well.

  • How do we, as pastors, create these velvet barriers? Between us and the congregation? Between us and the world?
  • How do people in our churches create the barriers?
  • What barriers does the world create that make it hard for us to connect and minister the light of Jesus Christ?
  • How many of these barriers are intentional? How many are unintentional?

These are some of my questions and there are more.  Share your thoughts about Blind Foxes and Velvet Fences.

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Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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