This is a question that I have been asking myself for a long time. So, I went to handy-dandy google, and typed in “Christian Ministry Definition”. The first ik that popped up was Wikipedia. I didn’t click on that, cause we know how reliable Wikipedia can be… I clicked on the second link: http://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-ministry.html
This is the first paragraph of what it says: “”Ministry” is from the Greek word diakoneo, meaning “to serve” or douleuo, meaning “to serve as a slave.” In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in His name. Jesus provided the pattern for Christian ministry—He came, not to receive service, but to give it (see Matthew 20:28;Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17).”
Here is what these verses say: Matthew 20:28 “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (ESV) In fact, this was such an important part that again in Mark 10:45 the exact same thing is said again.
In John 13:1-17 Jesus-knowing that he was going to be betrayed-got down, and washed the feet of all his disciples. This was something only the lowliest of servants did. When Peter argued with him as to why he was doing it this was Jesus’ response in verses 12 to 17: “When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
He’s basically saying that if He, the Messiah, is doing something that only a servant is to do, then we too, should be servants unto each other.
Now, going back to my original question. What is ministry? Well, if the Greek word for Ministry directly means “to serve” then that is what a Ministry should be. We as Women’s/Men’s/Children’s/Youth Ministries should be doing just that: Ministering. One thing that I have noticed a lot is that people seem to be okay with just their little in-church ministry, and don’t go any farther than that. If there are new people, Wonderful! But they don’t really go out of their way to minister to the people on the outside. Please, son’t get me wrong, I know there are MANY churches that do go out and do much outreach ministry, and I APPLAUD you!!
But here’s the thing, I see people too comfortable. They don’t/won’t rock the boat. They just want it to be cushy and sweet. Shoot, some ministries just turn into chit-chat–or dare I say GOSSIP–times. There is very little ministry going on sometimes, and yet we call ourselves a ministry?
I’m a mover. A Shaker. I was created to bring to light things that aren’t necessarily how they could or should be. I am not the kind of person who will just sit passively by and watch a group or groups who call themselves a ministry not actually do ministry-SERVANT-work.
Now, I’m not saying that people from a church shouldn’t get together and have fellowship-in fact the Bible says that we are to have fellowship with other Believers in Christ. I am just of the firm belief that we should actually be stepping out of our comfy, cushy comfort zones and getting out and doing ministry. Sitting week after week, month after month and year after year just talking and saying the same thing to the same group of people isn’t going to help bring the people outside of the church walls to Christ.
THAT is what ministry is all about. Serving others, so that they may come to know Christ. And, that won’t happen, if we don’t get up and get out. We are the hands and feet of Christ. Feet were meant to walk to. hands meant to hold. Arms meant to reach.
So, my Beauties, lets get up, be the Hands and feet of Christ, reach out, and Minister. You don’t have to have a bachelor in theology to minister. Just a Love for Jesus and a love for people.
love you all!!!!