“Ministry” is a Greek word diakoneo meaning “to serve” or to “serve as a slave.” Effective ministers operate within their calling serve God, His Gospel, and others. Ministry stems from a devotion and love for God (the first greatest commandment) and a love for others (the second greatest commandment). Desiring to make a difference in this world, and in the lives of others, they give everything of themselves expecting little in return. Love is foundational in ministry. Eastwood Anaba in the Pastor & His Love stated, “A loveless life is a burdensome life. A pastor’s life and ministry without love is a difficult one. The ministry is becoming increasingly difficult for many ministers because of the lack of love in their hearts….The potential of believers can be maximized when pastors walk in love. We cannot seek the well-being of people we don’t love.”
Warren W. Wiersbe and David W. Wiersbe in their book 10 Power Principles for Christian Service: Ministry Dynamics for a New Century give ten pivotal, foundational principles or guidelines for ministry.
- The Foundation of ministry is Character
- The Nature of ministry is Service
- The Motive of ministry is Love
- The Measure of ministry is Sacrifice
- The Authority of ministry is Submission
- The Purpose of ministry is the Glory of God
- The Tools for ministry are the Word of God and Prayer
- The Privilege of ministry is Growth
- The Power of ministry is the Holy Spirit
- The Model for ministry is Jesus Christ
In another great book, On Being a Servant of God, Warren Wiersbe describes and defines “ministry.” “Ministry takes place when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God.”
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet” (Frederick Buechner).
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men. Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord, Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24).