National Association of Christian Ministers

Answering His Call Is Our Purpose

2) Ministry Practitioner

2) Ministry Practitioners

The word “minister” comes from the Greek word:

 

diakonos

dee-ak'-on-os

Probably from διάκω diakō (obsolete, to run on errands; compare G1377); an attendant, that is, (generally) a waiter (at table or in other menial duties); specifically a Christian teacher and pastor (technically a deacon or deaconess): - deacon, minister, servant.min·is·try

(Source: Strong’s Concordance)

 

In terms of Leadership, Jesus said this:

 

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; (Mat 20:25-26, KJV).

 

Interestingly, the KJV translates this word as “minister”.  Other translations use the word “servant.”

 

But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, (Mat 20:25-27)

 

n. pl. min·is·tries

1.

a. The act of serving; ministration.

b. One that serves as a means; an instrumentality.

2.

a. The profession, duties, and services of a minister.

b. The Christian clergy.

c. The period of service of a minister.

(Source: the free dictionary)

 

The point is that “ministry” is the act of “service”, and ministers are servants to others on behalf of God.

 

Looking Ahead for the Perspective of this Team

 

In the days ahead we will be painting a very clear picture of our purpose as a team, an organization, a ministry, and ministers.  We also will be connecting the dots between how this applies to God’s work of evangelism, the NACM, and how our involvement translates into your local ministries.

 

Something that needs to remain in the forefront of our minds is our function within our organization.  As a chosen people called to Christian leadership, we have a responsibility to perpetuate the collection of information, art of service, and the practice ministry.  Therefore, as members of this team we want you to begin viewing yourselves as “ministry practitioners.”

 

prac·ti·tion·er

n.

One who practices something, especially an occupation, profession, or technique.

 

As ministry practitioners, we seek continually to understand the nature of human service (ministry), application of biblical principles, advancement of spiritual development, and the organization of the Kingdom of God in the Earth.

 

Assignment Response:

 

In consideration of the above context, please tell how it is impossible to serve God without serving humanity.