Meaning of ministry

by Richard Mansel, managing editor

In the six years I have been been at the Church of Christ at Allenhurst, I have been able to share the lives of some wonderful people. Along the way, I have made a journey that is one of the most precious of my life.

It serves as a microcosm of what ministry is truly about.

During this time, I met a special young couple. The young man grew up in the church and the young lady did not. Since then, I have had the extraordinary blessings of:

  • teaching her the gospel
  • baptizing her into Christ
  • doing their premarital counseling
  • performing their wedding
  • praying at her bedside during a serious health issue
  • spending time with them as friends
  • cheering at their daughter’s soccer games
  • being at the hospital for the birth of two of their three daughters.

Simply put, I love this couple because of the journeys we have made. It is easy to develop paternal feelings for a young couple with whom you have walked so far.

Ministry is bonding with the saints and sharing their lives, through the good and the bad. You see their strengths and their weaknesses and they see yours. Through it all, you grow, serve and walk together as a family (Ephesians 2:19).

This is why preachers need to remain in one congregation for a long time — to solidify these deep threads that stretch into eternity. We serve a variety of roles in a congregation:

  • Preachers
  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Friends
  • Brethren
  • Helpers
  • Confidants

…and a host of other things. Being involved in the lives of godly brethren is truly a treasure in a room of gold. As a spiritual family, we grow, struggle, fight and grow together (Acts 2:42-47; Galatians 6:2). The deeper our bonds the more unlikely it is that we will stray. And that makes it all worthwhile!

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