Ministry

I’m No Reverend

reverend

adjective rev·er·end \ˈrev-rənd, ˈre-və-; ˈre-vərnd\

Definition of reverend

  1. 1:  worthy of reverence :  revered

As far as I can remember, I’ve only used the title Reverend of myself one time. It was at a funeral home visitation and that was how I signed my name in the guest book: Rev. Eric Douglas.

I’ve not done it since and I don’t plan to ever do it again. You see, I’m no reverend. There is nothing about me that is worthy to be revered. And that’s ok with me.

Pastors or other ministers who prefer this title of Reverend may have never stopped to consider its origins. Pastor or minister seem to have biblical warrant for their usage though not necessarily as titles. Both are descriptions for the function or action one has in his work among the church.

Ephesians 4:11 gives the only genuine usage of pastor in all the Bible. Here, it is not a title but a job description, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers.”

Minister isn’t used nearly as much as one would expect. However, Paul does use it a few times such as in Ephesians 3:7, “…of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.” Yet when we realize that minister simply means servant, we understand that there is no honor of distinction in being called one. To function as a minister is simply to do and live as any Christian should; serving Christ and His church. (more…)

2 Non-Negotiables in Ministry

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Ministry is often different from person to person. There are a lot of moving parts that will affect a Christian’s ministry. Some Christians may strive to be salt and light as they work at Wal-Mart, the bank, or the local restaurant. Others may have packed up their family to get the gospel into a foreign country. Still others may serve faithfully by telling the kids at their church about Jesus. You’ll have some Christians who desire to be pastors and work week after week teaching and equipping one body of believers.

Ministry often looks different depending on the context in which one ministers.

But there are two non-negotiables in ministry that are true for each and every Christian who ministers. These two truths are evident among every biblical ministry across the world. The Christian must recognize these two non-negotiables if he or she is going to be faithful to minister: (more…)