There are many who believe you can start a ministry anywhere. Ministries can be found within the walls of a church, at the homeless shelter, or thousands of miles away from home in a third-world country. You might have thought that proper ministry can only take place within the four walls of a church, but that is simply isn’t true, ministry can be anywhere. In order to help explain ministry better, let’s look at what a ministry is, and why it’s hard to nail down a true place to minister.
What is a Ministry?
If you want to go by the textbook definition than ministry is simply, “the work or vocation of a minister of religion.” That would be the actual form of a priest or pastor performing services and providing spiritual guidance to the members of their congregations. While this is one of the most direct forms of ministry, it is far from the only one to conduct a ministry.
The English word ministry is actually derived from the Greek diakoneo which means “to serve,” and the Bible lets us know in several separate books and verses that to minister is to serve people’s needs with love and humility in the name of Christ. So if you’re ministering to anybody on Christ’s behalf, you have formed at least a simple form of ministry!
Christian ministry can take place anywhere at any time, as long as the ministry is meant to bring those into God’s presence. The idea behind ministry is not necessarily to serve those with practical means such as helping out in a food kitchen or administering sacraments in church, but to serve spiritual needs. There’s no reason that practical and spiritual ministry have to take place in two separate places at two separate times. If you are volunteering to serve the homeless in the name of Christ, then you are taking care of both the physical and spiritual needs of others!
Ministry is not set as something only an ordained pastor or minister can perform, it is meant for all of Christ’s followers, so ministry can take place whenever, wherever. If you want to know how you can help your fellow man in the name of God, seek the help and advice of your pastor or get in touch with a local ministry.