|Unordained and Spreading the Word|
|Written by Mike Woody|
|Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:00|
It’s the mission of Aaron & Niki Taylor to strengthen the body of Christ within churches by exercising the talents of its members and captivating the minds of children.
The Tipp City couple created Unordained. Org Ministries to present God’s word in creative ways through music, puppets, lighting and other technological effects.
The Taylor’s aren’t pastors, and the name Unordained is derived from their purpose to show that anyone can spread God’s message of love. “Church’s that expect the pastor to do it all will die. Maybe not immediately, but bit by bit through attrition. Let’s do simple math here…one pastor…once a week at a location you must go too to hear versus 100 churchgoers, seven days a week everywhere they are. Which has the better chance of reaching someone’s ears that needs that good news?” said Aaron.
Throughout their 12 year marriage the Taylor’s have gone to different churches and implemented children’s programs before moving on to the next location. They started in Indianapolis where Aaron’s background in puppetry helped them establish a puppet ministry, which grew from three to 25 participants in just a year and a half. Most recently the Taylor’s served at the Tipp City United Methodist Church and saw the children’s program expand in numbers from five to 90 in three years.
Last year the Taylor’s were invited to serve at a Church Camp in Butler, PA and led 30 kids to accept Christ into their life. “It was then that we decided we have to do something,” said Aaron.
While Unordained. Org Ministries is just getting started; the Taylor’s are seeking any church to let them present their program for a service or any type of special event. They will travel to any state, as long as the cost of gas is provided. Their methods have been proven to work and are anxious to strengthen the body of churches.
In order for the pastor to full thrive, the Taylor’s stress the importance of all the attendants to take an active role. “Churches like to say that they are the body of Christ, but not everyone can be the head. Quite frankly if a head had no body, it couldn’t do much. That’s where the rest of us come in. God has gifted each one of us with unique skills and talents,” said Aaron.
The Taylor’s hope to be invited back to churches and lead a training program to best utilizes the talents within the body. “If you want to see God move, learn from someone who did a version of what you want done,” said Aaron.
An area where the Taylor’s feel a number of churches are lacking in is providing a type of worship to interest children and youth. Aaron says there is great value in presentation, “You have to present it in a way that’s compelling to keep their attention, but some churches serve it like a steak dinner on a trashcan lid.”
A quote by C.S Lewis that has always inspired the Taylor’s is, ‘Creativity is the backdoor into a locked heart.’ It’s through creative uses of puppets, music, and technology that they are able to deliver God into the hearts of others.
By proving that those other than the pastor can be messengers of God, Aaron and Niki are raising the number of Christ followers. “We are unordained, because we are not clergy, but that’s the point. Look how amazingly God is using us, look what God can do with someone called to minister, but not called to be ordained. If a pastor has a flock of ‘unordained’ believers like what we are teaching, your church would be full, and your city forever changed,” said Aaron.
For more on Unordained. Org Ministries find them on Facebook.