Ministry in the Pattern of the Resurrected Jesus


In the wake of the crucifixion, Jesus’s early followers likely wondered whether the Christian movement be abandoned. Then the resurrected Jesus started appearing to his disciples and opening their eyes to the significance of his suffering. What does this teach us about ministry today?

In this Seven Minute Seminary video, James Swanson casts a vision for ministry in the pattern of the resurrected Jesus, who appeared to his disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).

  1. Ministry can only happen when we draw near to people.
  2. Ministry must make sense of people’s current contexts.

If you would like to learn about the post-resurrection, post-ascension ministry of Jesus and its significance for Christian life and mission, check out Steve Seamands’ The Unseen Real: Life in the Light of the Ascension of Jesus in our book store.

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James Edward Swanson Sr., was elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church during the Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference of 2004. Swanson serves on the board of trustees for Emory University, Rust College and Millsaps College. He is the chair of the board of trustees at Gammon Theological Seminary. Swanson is married to Delphine Yvonne Ramsey Swanson.