One of my Methodist colleagues apparently thinks that, in the post below, I'm claiming that as a minister I have no responsibility to do any kind of evangelism. I think it's fairly obvious that I'm not saying that at all, but let me state it explicitly:
Preaching, witnessing and spreading the Good News are most definitely my responsibilities. They are the responsibilities of all Christians. But as a preacher and a minister, yes, spreading the Good News is especially part of my ministry.
Is that clear enough?
The context of the post below was a context in which someone was claiming that ministers should be hired and fired mainly on their ability to increase church attendance and where the idea seemed to be that the state of the congregation didn't have a lot to do with whether or not attendance increased. This, of course, begs the question as to whether attendance increases because of 'sheep stealing'!