In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in His name. We minister by meeting people’s needs with love and humility on Christ’s behalf. We minister to others out of our devotion to Christ and our love for others, whether the other people are believers or unbelievers. Ministry to others should be impartial and unconditional, always seeking to help others as Jesus would.
The content of our ministry prioritizes the ministering in spiritual things, not just practical things. Ministry should place emphasis on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others so they can come to know Him and receive Him as personal Savior, go on to experience Him as Lord of their life, and go even further to know Christ as the essence of their Life (see John 1:12; Colossians 2:6-7; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:8-10). Ministry can, and should, include ministering to the physical, emotional, mental, vocational, and financial needs of others. Jesus did, and so should we!