What is Ministry?

 

 The purpose of ministry is (1) to bring people into the saving grace of Christ and then support them as they grow in exemplifying Christ-likeness. (2) to bring every believer into an genuine relationship with God. Every believer should attain to glorify God in thought, word, and deed both in the church and in the world. (Col. 1:28--- He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.).

The purpose of ministry is not to “play” church. Glenn Wagner states, “The essence of the church must be more than just doing. The church must draw its essence from God and his righteousness and holiness. It must take shape based on his worth as Creator. It must reflect his glory as God, and when it meets and ministers, it ought to express back to God the glory due his name. There must be more to church than simple psychological encouragements, tips for improving interpersonal relationships, and helpful religious seminars.”1

Ministry is not about ritual or routine religion but a living relationship with God. It is not about numerical growth but spiritual growth. It is not about programs but about people - people who are wholly focused on God, powerfully filled with the Spirit, and happily united in a community of grace; people who vibrantly exalt Christ, openly perform works of faith, accurately teach the truth, boldly proclaim the gospel in word and deed, and authentically depend upon prayer.

 

1E. Glenn Wagner with Steve Halliday, The Church You’ve Always Wanted (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002), 33·