In Business for the Common Good, Kenman Wong & Scott Rae, as do John Knapp and Tim Keller, see a problem with the commonly held, yet unbiblical, sacred-secular divide. “Ministry” means “service.” “To have a ministry simply means to be in service to God.” “Business is ministry, the work of God in the world.” And “[a]ll of us are in full-time ministry if we are followers of Christ, and we entered full-time service/ministry at the time we came to faith.”
Yet I fear this mode of thinking is too ingrained, especially among the “ministers.”
Take a look at this wonderful piece in which its writer, Drew Dyck, affirms “all vocations are sacred.” He “applaud[s] this move towards a more holistic understanding of vocation.” Yet, in the next paragraph, the writer says “[l]et’s not forget to also honor the call to full-time ministry,” referring to pastors and missionaries in contrast to every other vocation.
I am certain the writer did not mean to imply only being a full-time pastor or missionary is being in “full-time ministry.” But that’s precisely the problem. We use the term “ministry” so consistently to refer solely to church activities that it is hard for us to grasp everything, including business, is ministry.