What, Exactly, is Ministry?

Ministry. It's a word that's used often in the Christian community.  We hear people say, "So-and-so has gone into the ministry," or "She's doing ministry work." But what, exactly is ministry?

I believe it is the lack of clarity surrounding this term that keeps many who would be interested from getting involved in ministry. So let's clarify this once and for all by taking a Biblical perspective. 

Biblical Ministry

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Matthew 28:19-20 instructs believers, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

So quite simply, ministry is sharing the good news of Christ's death and resurrection with others. If those we share the gospel with accept Christ as their savior, then we are to teach them God's commands so they may obey them. 

That means any Christ follower can and should do ministry.

You can do ministry!

You do not need a theology degree, or to hold a leadership position in the church. (And I know many are frustrated with the lack of opportunities in their local church). 

I've seen a lot of ministry taking place online (myself included) and I think it's wonderful! What a great way to reach people. 

So how do you get started in ministry? 

The best way is to start by sharing your story. I call this "personal ministry." If you can tell the story of how Jesus has made a difference in your life, then sister, you can do ministry. 

Now, how you share your story is up to you. Since ministry is not a job title or a position, it can be weaved into any activity that you do (just use discernment on when it's appropriate to share!) 

If you do feel called to do ministry as your vocation, there are many creative ways to make that happen. Don't feel that the only way is to become a pastor. Here are some ideas to get you started. You can:

  • Start a faith-based blog
  • Do motivational/inspirational speaking
  • Hold workshops or provide a service solving a practical problem using spiritual principles
  • Become a certified Life Coach and incorporate Christian values 
  • Start a Christian business or a non-profit organization

If after reading this list, your heart is beating a little faster, ask God if he's calling you to full time ministry. Then listen intently. Then act!

Erica EvansMinistry