In every church, there are some primary ministries. The size of the congregation or the purpose of a new pastor to come in doesn’t matter when it comes to these essential activities. In a way, the following four types of ministry describe much of what groups of believers do in the world.
Ministry of the Word in Discipleship
As a foundation, the Word of God is the starting point for everything else. So much Scripture attests this point (for example Mt. 4:4; 28:18-20; John 21:15; Acts 6:4; Eph 4:11-12; 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16-17). The great commission found in Matthew 28:18-20 focuses on our teaching the Jesus’ word to all nations. The Scriptures are to be used in evangelistic and discipleship efforts. Everything the church does is to be biblically-informed. Our worship is to be in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Second Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that the Scriptures are sufficient in fully equipping people to do the work of God.
Christian caregiving is not something that only the pastor does. The whole congregation should be involved in the care of souls. The pastor should take the lead here to model before the congregation and equip them to provide care for one another. Acts 6, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 each demonstrate that all believers have a place of service in God’s assembly of believers.
It was already stated that worship is to be done in spirit and truth (John 4:24). This is more than musical experiences in congregational services. Worship is both personal and congregational. In both settings, the character, position of the heart, and development of the believer in Jesus is essential to true worship. Worship is coming before God in thanksgiving and praise (Psalm 100).
Sharing the Gospel
Evangelizing is another essential component of church ministry. The church is supposed to teach the Gospel, pray for sinners, help individuals develop a personal ministry of evangelism and incorporate them into the larger outreach ministries of the church. Sharing the Gospel as found in Matthew 28:18-20 notes that all the people in the world are the scope of our mission. We are to go global and go local with the Word of God.
If you are a new pastor, church leader, or a new believer, these four essential church ministries make up the foundation everything else we in the Church. Make sure they are Biblically-based and give honor to God and not man.