Ministry is defined as “Work or vocation of a minister of religion”. As I am coming toward the completion of my first circle clergy training with ADF I am beginning to envision what my work, my ministry, will look like. Some of it is forming organically as needs of the grove become evident, such as the need to teach a class on the dedicant's path. I see my ministry with two main streams; the stream of public ritual and the stream of private practice.
My ministry in public ritual is to write and lead public rites for each of the eight highdays. It is also to do other types of rituals as well such as hand-fastings, funerary rites, coming of age and transitional ceremonies, as well as personal rites of purification and blessing. When called upon I will lend my skill as a sorcerer. This stream is perhaps the most obvious parts of my ministry.
The other stream of my ministry is going to be about helping people with their personal practice. In this I see myself as a coach. I will teach techniques, such as meditation, prayers, and rituals for personal use. I will also encourage people to do the work of Druidry, just as a coach encourages his players to practice and train. As part of this I also see myself performing pastoral counseling. In this counseling I will make use of the philosophies, stories, and skills of Druidry to help people navigate the issues and crisis of their lives.
What you won’t see in my ministry is me telling you how to believe. You won’t see me telling you are wrong for feeling a certain way. I won’t make you feel small, ashamed, or try to enslave you. My ministry is empowerment and giving a person the tools they need to feel spiritually fulfilled.