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Asperger's Syndrome and Ministry

How can someone with Asperger's be effective in ministry? What kinds of ministry are best for someone with Asperger's? Can Aspies be pastors or overseas missionaries? While obviously Asperger's brings some struggles to trying to minister to people, can it help at times also? What is everyone here's experience?

Personally, I have found that God can use me in ministry. I have actually led two people through a prayer to accept Christ as their Savior and I have shared the gospel with several people.

Once again I might highlight the question should Aspies be overseas missionaries - that is what I actually want to do.
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Do you preach in that capacity or is it more counseling or administrative...?
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Originally Posted by Sabertooth View Post
Do you preach in that capacity or is it more counseling or administrative...?

Oh I definitely do not have the gift of administrative tasks. Tough to stay organized and I usually focus on one thing at a time and get stuck on it. But I think I have the gift of preaching and I can sometimes give some good counsel to others. I'm not an official minister or anything. I'm a college guy, but I am exploring what I should do after graduation.
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... But I think I have the gift of preaching...
So, as an Aspie you are able to connect with an NT audience or does being a different culture help in that regard? Or,... just a total reliance on God's grace; where we are weak, He is strong...?
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Sorry this is way late but I just found this website. I was a missionary in Nepal 10 years ago and was relatively close with another missionary who most certainly had Aspergers. He was a great missionary and had a beautiful family with 5 kids. So yes, you can certainly be a missionary if that is what God is calling you to do.
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There are lots of church leaders who are on the autism spectrum - whether it's people leading worship, people doing pastoral work, people running the choir or helping with the finance. There are evangelists and preachers and every other sort of leader. And plenty of others who are quiet or active members of the congregation, each bringing their own skills, love and prayer to God. Go with your heart, always.
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I have lead Sunday School classes adn preached quite often for many years. Tho some have commented that I view things different than other pastors, they like my perspective. Since AS is a spectrum wether a person could be effective in minister depends on how AS is manifest in them and how much they have learned about how to love people. I don't think there is a rule that can tell one if they will be effective or not.
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I have troubles with ministries at church. I also struggle with participating in small groups. Most sunday's I just drop the kids off for their service and then I go drink coffee. I am uncomfortable in the service. I don't understand the whole connections and interactions between the people. If I go in I usually am just an observer in the corner to the whole thing. It's really akward. It seems like there's all this stuff going on around me and I just don't get it.

But enough of me. If you feel called to oversea ministries, go for it. Thats awesome.
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I'm very glad I found this. I'm new here, but I have wondered about other aspies in ministry. Like Moe, I'm very uncomfortable in church services, especially when the pastor has everyone greet each other and shake hands. Fortunately, I've finally found a church with a few ASD members and a pastor with some understanding of ASDs. The pastor has been a great help with some of the issues I struggle with in my faith.

As far as my thoughts on whether aspies can be effective in ministry, I agree with dayhiker. I would add that it is especially important for aspie leaders to surround themselves with people who can make up for their weaknesses. I would be interested in having an ongoing discussion specific to aspies in ministry. I would like to see how others have overcome their challenges.
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My biggest obstacle in missions, which has gotten to the point where I am just about to quit trying, is that I am not wanted anywhere. Every sunday, the call goes out for volunteers. I always volunteer. I never get any replies from anybody heading up the ministry. I've seen them ask for volunteers, of which I do. Then a few weeks later they ask for volunteers again because there is still a need?? Sorry I am wierd and not popular enough. I know if I went to the pastor he would find a home for me, but I'm not going to force my way in. Now that I am thinking about it. I am done volunteering. If it was God's will the door would have been opened.

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