What is ministry?
First we must realize that ministry is simply “service.” It literally means “to dispense the gospel.” Ephesians 4: 12 says, “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Matthew Henry’s Commentary says, “The gifts of Christ were intended for the good of his church, and in order to advance his kingdom and interest among men.” All are for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, or for the work of dispensation; that is, that they might dispense the doctrines of the gospel.
Who is to do the work of the ministry?
From Paul’s passage in Ephesians we realize that the task of ministry is to be fulfilled by the people of God (the laity). The laity consists of all of God’s people. Look at the words of Christ in Matthew 28:19,20. We are to go, make disciples and teach. God’s pattern to do this is to use the laity. God’s method is working through people by the power of the Holy Spirit. We must remember that it is His power and His anointing which works through us. The ministries of a local church are usually divided into several different categories such as outreach, children, youth, men, etc. Laypersons are involved in all of these ministries. Elton Trueblood said, “The laity are not passengers on a ship, but members of the crew.”
Where does ministry begin?
Indeed, if the task of “doing the work of ministry” rests on the shoulders of the laity of the local church then how is it to be organized and promoted on the local level? The answer is through the ministry of the Local Church Lay Coordinator. The Lay Coordinator is the central person in the local church to bring together the lay ministers and to help guide all those involved in laboring together in harmony, effectiveness, fellowship and enrichment. The Lay Coordinator is a minister, a person who understands that, “If it is to be, it’s up to me and I must respond to God’s call to be a minister and do the work of the ministry.” Will you accept the challenge to become the lay minister that God called you to be?