What is Ministry?

The word “ministry” or “minister” found in the New Testament comes from the Greek word “diakonos”. It is also translated as “work”, “helper”, “servant” or “deacon”. It includes most of the work or service of the Church, whether it is feeding the hungry, picking up garbage at the church parking lot, preaching the Word or serving as an Usher or Board Member.

Ministry may be “up front” or it may be “behind the scenes”. As Peter wrote about he who speaks (up front) or he who serves (behind the scenes). As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:10c-11a ESV

And having sent into Macedonia two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a while. Acts 19:22 ESV

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. Hebrews 6:10 ESV

… and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 1 Corinthians 12:5 ESV

Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:3-4ESV

Now I urge you, brothers — you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints— 1 Corinthians 16:15 ESV

And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.” Colossians 4:17 ESV