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Separation of Church & Ministry
Thomas Spencer – TheBibleGuy.com
Chapter 2 –WHAT IS THE MINISTRY, WHAT IS YOUR MINISTRY?
DEFINE MINISTRIES – organized events, gifting’s or “movements” that Christians do.
Acts 6:4 “and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
Romans 11:13 “…I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry”
2 Corinthians 5:18 “…and gave us the ministry of reconciliation”
Colossians 4:17 “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”
2 Timothy 4:5 “…do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”
2 Corinthians 3:6 “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
Colossians 1:7 “…Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,”
Colossians 4: “…Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.
Let me try to break it down through comparison and bring it home.
-The True Church cannot be counted, or measured.
-The True Church is anywhere, anytime, everywhere all-the-time; a continual spontaneous connecting or assembling together that cannot be tracked by man or radar.
-The True Church membership is like a baby being born into the family and one cannot leave the church and join another because there is only one Church.
-The True Church is organic, it moves around by the wind of The Holy Spirit, it is the Body of Christ on earth; it is soon to be the Bride of Christ.
-The True Church does not need a name (it has been my experience that when we try to put a name on “a church” it has just lost its identity and power). Trying to name “a church” puts us into a separation category like a denomination; like denominations of money (separating our money) denominations & names separate the body of Christ instead of joining the body.
A ministry or your ministry is just the opposite. A ministry can be measured and counted. We can determine if it is growing or declining. We can join a ministry or graduate from a ministry or just leave a ministry. We can pledge certain amounts of support to a ministry like money, supplies, volunteered time etc. Ministries will have a beginning, middle and an end. Ministries need to have a clear purpose, a mission statement and a vision: Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV) “…Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.”
A teaching ministry may on one hand have certain topics in the Word that our Lord has revealed and you can count how many people have completed those topics or to another extreme, start a college and count how many have graduated, what the real costs were and evaluate if this ministry should continue.
A giving ministry may on one hand collect finances and supply Bibles to those that do not have them or on the other hand, purchase and run a printing company that prints Bibles and Christian literature.
A ministry of helps may give a once a year; free back to school haircuts or open up a once a week free medical clinic.
A music ministry may sing & play guitars for free in the market place or run a recording studio.
A youth ministry (be careful here on handing out titles; there is no such office of “youth pastor” in The Word of God, you are either a Pastor Eph 4:11 or you are not) may open a facility geared to youth as an outreach for evangelism, this is a youth ministry. Is this ringing true to you yet?
All ministries will have physical needs; how you go about meeting those needs can be as creative as the ministry itself. If we sense we are called to a certain ministry, write the vision down, share with those believers around you and see if it will be a collective ministry or one that you do on your own.
Again, if you are ok with your status quo concerning the; condition, power and influence of your ministry and Jesus’s Church then continue by faith and hand this article to someone who may need it. If you see merit in what you have read so far or if these words bear witness to your spirit; the following will be some practical, encouraging recommendations.