If you were able to watch the PBS special on the Carter Family you saw A.P. Carter roaming the hills of Appalachia searching for all types of Scots-Irish traditional songs, hymns, mountain tunes, and what not. He collected them then produced them. He took in all of these songs and sifted through his creative mind and produced a Carter Family product. We can all sing Will the Circle Be Unbroken, we sing it the way AP Carter produced it. I wonder if there is an individual alive who remembers in its true "mountain form?"
So the same goes for ministry. As pastors we roam hospital rooms, living rooms, baptismal waters, Books of Common Prayer, ancient contemplative works, coffee shops, donut houses, jazz clubs and the like. We take all of this stuff in and sift it through our creative Spirit guided spirits and produce a form of ministry, a new creation.
I come from Appalachia, my family as far back as I care to go were baptist (except for the early Scots who were Presbyterian, then Church of England and then baptist; but I dont like to dwell on my Presbyterian past); which entitles me to countless revival references, bible beltisms and what have you. Then I move to the northeast. I take with me all of the Appalachian stuff, then soak in all of the New England stuff and let them ferment. I am now trying to figure out what this creation looks, smells, tastes, feels and sounds like. It is a new creation for sure.