This week has seen us talk about creating a Ministry Space in the Church. The term “ministry” is from the Greek word diakoneo which means “to serve” or douleuo, meaning “to serve as a slave.” Simply, a minister is someone who has been called to serve. In His manifold grace, God has called us all into His service as His ministers, whether as full-time ministers or simply as believers.
This calling, however, should not be seen as “unsolicited” or a form of “enslavement” but rather a privileged, gift-oriented kind of calling that is based on one’s ability to serve others and by extension, the Kingdom. This is the kind of attitude Paul exhibited in Acts 20:24 when he declared, “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
Like Paul, each of us has also received a ministry from God. However, we ought to make conscious efforts to identify our ministries, hence the topic “Creating a Ministry Space in the Church.” Our ministries could take forms such as giving, personal evangelism, encouraging
others, service, intercession, among several others. It could also take the form of any other gift we have that could help propel the kingdom work.
Creating a ministry space for ourselves in the Church does not require a clerical or a position. It is rather about giving ourselves and our time, talents, and resources to help and bless the Church.