Do Ministry

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-13

The role of a minister is varied. It can change from day to day. Different people need different instruction, and each and every minister has their own way of doing ministry. In the bible, it’s referred to by five characteristics; Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd (Pastor), and Teacher. It’s known as APEST Ministry. These characteristics show what kind of minister you lean towards, and how you can use these skills to better yourself, and the people you are ministering.

While these are somewhat self-explanatory, here is a quick overview of what each type is. Apostles extend the gospel, always trying to reach more people. Prophets know God’s will and are attuned to His truths. Evangelists bring people to God through salvation. Shepherds nurture the flock, care and protecting those around them. Teachers, well, teach; they seek to understand and explain the nuances of Christianity.

Each and every one of us have one of these characteristics. We are all ministers. Whether we pastor a church or not, we, as Christians, have developed one of these methods and carry it out in our daily lives. If you don’t yet know, I would encourage you to find out which you are. This could help you talk to your coworkers about God, or finally be able to support a family member. These skills are not just for pastors or church staff, but for the whole body of Christ.

As we mature and grow with God, we are called to share Him with the world. The people we come in contact with should be able to look at us and know that we hold something dear making us unlike the world. We should be sharing the joy and hope we have, because Jesus has given us just that. We can’t be scared of talking about God.

Doing ministry does not mean you need a church. It doesn’t require a building or a staff of people. Ministry is as simple as giving food to the hungry, taking care of the sick, or being a listening ear to someone who is downtrodden. We can all do ministry. We should all do ministry. And the best place to do ministry isn’t inside a church at all. It’s out in the world. The people who have never heard the truth, that Jesus loves them. These are the people who need to hear what great joy we have.

1 Peter 3:15-16 says this, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

People will notice when you model the life of Jesus. And they will ask you about it. We need to be able to give them an answer. Knowing the goodness of God is the first step, but knowing the best way for you to minister is next. I encourage you all to read and pray, find out how you minister best. And then go, and do ministry. Spread the love of God and the hope He gives.