In Christianity ministry is an activity carried out by Christians to express or spread their faith as commissioned by Christ “Go therefore to all the Nations and make all disciples in my name, baptizing them In the Name of the father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…Mt 28: 19” carrying forth Christ’s mission in the world through the church, indicating that it was conferred on each Christian in baptism. Church and ministry often work together. Ministries exist to help churches to worship God effectively. Ministries in Christianity is the activity carried out by members of the church to serve the purposes of the church. Some specific tasks or activities such as teaching CCD classes, organizing the youth in the parish, taking up lectorship, becoming an extra-ordinary minister of the Holy Eucharist, Adult Faith formation, singing, prayer intercessors, altar serving and many more. In the Catholic Church, the term Minister is commonly referred to the person performing some ministerial roles either as lay or ordained, commissioned to perform some act on behalf of the church. The duties vary and may depend on which specific ministry one is assigned to act in assisting with the administration of the parish activities and the sacraments, aimed to provide spiritual guidance to the church community including weddings and funerals. Depending on the circumstances and the necessity of the church at a given moment of the time any ministry could be set up if already not existing. The five-fold ministry mentioned in Ephesians 4:11 are Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors (shepherds), and Teachers. Thus having all been baptized the Lord does not expect us to remain idle in church but to come out in leading, supporting, encouraging and cooperating with and in all ministries of the church. Everyone and anyone that feels called in a particular ministry which may not be in an existence can initiate with the permission and approval of the competent authority of the church. At the baptism of the Lord we must try to identify our vocation as children of God and serve in some form or capacity as a minister in the church.
BLESSINGS, Father Seth