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When we hear the word ministry, we think of specific ministries within the church, which is what this site entails, but there is more to ministry than what we see going on in Church.
Every believer in Jesus Christ is involved in a ministry, and that’s because we’re all called to be ministers. Not the kind who stand behind the pulpit on Sunday morning, or who occupy an office at the church, but rather we’re all called to be ministers of the Gospel message, the good news of Jesus Christ, in whatever vocation God has given to us.
This is due to the meaning of the word, “minister,” in the Greek language. The word is “diakonos,” which was used for those who waited on tables, or more to the point, servants.
So everyone is a minister in that everyone is a servant of God and has been called into ministry by God.
Jesus gives us this ministry saying, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations… teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19a, 20a NKJV)
The Apostle Peter confirms that we’re all ministers referencing our status as New Testament priests.
“You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ… you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:5, 9 NIV)
While the church refers to ministries as those specific groups found within the church that disciple and teaches the Bible, it really refers to everyone and the specific ministries they’ve been called to fulfill.
Everyone has several ministries in life. There’s the ministry to a person’s family, their work place, the community where they live and beyond, and then there’s ministry to the Body of Christ, the Church.
The ministries listed on our website are those specifically designed as outreach and discipleship, but are far from complete. There are many other functional ministries within the church including cleaning and maintenance, audio and visual, ushers, greeters, hosts and hostesses.
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