To be involved in Christian ministry and service can be a daunting task. However, to be a part of God’s plan for the Church and community should be regarded as an honor and privilege. In this post, we want to discuss four basic tools for preparing to enter into Christian ministry and service on all levels. The same tools are need for those who serve in the community, as well as those who will stand as preachers, teachers, and lay leaders in the Church. The four tools will provide the proper foundation for anyone who wants to be used by God. Without them, you plan to fail in ministry and in your personal walk with the Lord.
1. The Word of God. The Word of God is the most important of the tools needed to prepare for Christian service. It gives us examples of how God individuals throughout man’s history. These examples provide insight to how God will use us and how we are to approach service. Without the Word, the believer is unprepared to minister effectively.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (II Timothy 3:16-17)
2. Prayer. Prayer is a valuable component to preparing for ministry. Without prayer, you will not be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was a man of prayer. His example should challenge us all to spend time in prayer. Prayer keeps your relationship with God strong. It is a vital weapon in spiritual warfare. Prayer helps the believer to be refreshed through the pressures of life and ministry.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians 6:18)
3. Fellowship. Fellowship provides a format for mutual strength and encouragement. In addition, fellowship builds a defense against spiritual attacks and deception. Some believers feel that they do not need others. Without the other saints, you will find yourself weak and defenseless. God has commanded that we minister to one another. How can you receive or give ministry if you are not in consistent connection with the rest of the Body of Christ?
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)
4. Submit to Leadership. God would not have called and placed individuals to stand and serve in ministry if there was no need for them. Pastors and other leaders are there for our benefit. Our responsibility is to submit to godly leadership and follow their faith. Anyone who leads has to know how to follow. If you will not follow leadership, you will not follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. (Hebrews 13:17)
Leaders provide us with spiritual insight and direction needed for success in ministry. Even if there is a calling upon your life, God will use your pastors and leaders to help you reach your maximum potential. However, this can only be done through submitting to their instruction and counsel.
Of course, there are other factors needed in Christian ministry and service such as education, training, and experience. However, those discussed are common to all believers. Remember to serve the Lord and those who have receive Him is an honor and privilege.