I have problems with the theme of this Institute, "Church and Ministry". It is the and that troubles me. From that theme one would possibly infer that the church has a ministry, and that we have and in some sense are had by that ministry. I'm intrigued by the work of Stanley Hauerwas, a brilliant ethicist at Notre Dame. Hauerwas says that the church does not have a social ethic: the church is a social ethic. Similarly instead of the church and ministry, I would like to explore the possibility of the church as ministry, because the church is ministry.
Neuhaue, Richard John, "Pastor and People: The Holy Ministry and the Ministries" (1982). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. 20.