Job Description – Church Minister
The scripture contains many uses of the word minister in different capacities. Exodus 24:13 and Joshua 1:1 explains a minister as attendance to a person of high rank. A minister also means one of the attaches of a royal court (1Kings 10:5; 2 Chronicles 22:8).
Within the context of this topic, the term, diakonos (from which the word deacon comes), perfectly explains who a minister is. It is the term used in relation to the ministry of the gospel. Christ, being the perfect minister of the gospel, is our model minister.
A look at Christ’s life, gives us what it is to be a minister of the gospel. To be a minister of the gospel is a call to serve. At the root of ministry is service. Jesus declared His ministry in Luke 4, and it is characterized by services. As a minister, you have no other role.
The Minister’s Role
The minister is the glue of the congregation ensuring that everyone feels welcome and engaged in the practice of their faith. Christian ministers lead services for people in church, who gather for regular worship service, or to celebrate special occasions like baptism, confirmation and weddings.
Ministers are strategic in God’s progressive work on earth. Thus, their roles are many and critical to God’s redemption work.
- Please God and do His will (John 4:34, 6:29).
- Serve God’s people (John 13:1-20)
- Preaching of God’s word (Acts 6:2, Luke 4:16-19).
- Intercession for everyone (Timothy 2:1-3).
- Serves and attend to needs (Acts 6:7, Exo.29)
The difference between a minister and a pastor
According to Strong’s Concordance, the pastor is a minister but a minister may not always be a pastor. However, a minister could be an evangelist or prophet etc. (Eph. 4:11). Pastor is derived from the Greek word Poimen which means to Shepherd.
Qualities/Skills Applicable to Church Ministers
- Proclaiming and Teaching God’s Word
- Leading and equipping leaders
- Role modeling the church’s mission
- Assuring Care (Supports Leadership directing care for our church body)
- Proclaiming and Teaching God’s Word
- Devoted to prayer
What is ministry in the church?
As stated earlier, a minister is literally a servant or one who serves. This refers to the act of attending to the needs of believers or the saints, for example:
- Their Spiritual needs of God’s word and prayers
- Their Physical needs of welfare packages and materials
- Their emotional needs of care, love and family-hood. (Acts 6:1-7)
What is the mission of the Church?
The mission of the church is to make disciples of the world, (Matt.28:19-20), mostly known as the Great Commission. At the heart of the Great Commission is not just preaching. It is disciple making
“Mission is service to unbelievers and ministry is service to believers.” – Rick Warren (Purpose Driven Life)
How Do You Know Your Ministry?
There are two types of ministry i.e. the general and the specific (Purpose Driven Life). The general ministry is the ministry of reconciliation (that by word and deed we might bring others into harmony with Him) 2 Cor. 5:18.
But your specific ministry finds its expression in the general. So, your ministry is your contribution to the overall ministry, which is embedded in the fivefold Ministry, which are Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers (Eph.4:11-12).
Rick Warren also noted,
“Discover your spiritual gift and then you’ll know what you’re supposed to have.” It actually works the exact opposite way. Just start serving, experimenting with different ministries, and then you’ll discover your gifts. Until you’re actually involved in serving, you’re not going to know what you’re good at.”
How do Church Members get involved?
Simply by service or serving (Mark.10:43, Rom. 12:5). The church, as the body, functions effectively when everyone of its members plays their role. Members are quite strategic in what God is doing through the church. As Rick Warren shared, “We serve God by serving others.”
What are the 7 ministries of the Holy Spirit?
Though several opinions are held on this issue, I believe Isaiah 11:2 clearly reveals these ministries to us. According to this passage, the following are the seven ministries of the Holy Spirit.
- The spirit of the Lord
- The spirit of wisdom
- The spirit of understanding
- The spirit of counsel
- The spirit of might
- The spirit of knowledge
- The fear of the Lord
In summary, a minister is an ordained spiritual leader, who holds prayer services, preaches to people in church, leads worship services on Sundays and on holy days, teaches religion classes, and meets with those seeking personal or spiritual direction.
Now, may I ask you a question? Do you know what your responsibilities are as a church member? Hopefully, you’ll appreciate that in whatever capacity a person has been called to serve, selfless and God-glorifying service is at the heart of it.
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