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Ministry

"Ministry" is from the Greek word diakoneo, meaning "to serve".  In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in His name. Jesus provided the model for Christian ministry—He came, not to receive service, but to give it ( Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17).

Here at Israel Metroplitan we believe that all Christians should minister by meeting people's needs with love and humility on Christ's behalf ( Matthew 20:26; Mark 10:43; John 2:5,9; Acts 6:3; Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10; Colossians 4:12). We are to 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.

Ministry in our day has taken on more of a vocational meaning as we call pastors "ministers" to full-time service. Pastors do spend their lives in the ministry, they do minister to others, and they can rightly be designated as ministers, but pastors are not the only ones who are to be involved in ministry. From the early New Testament churches to the churches of our day, every Christian should be in the ministry of helping others ( Romans 12:3-8, 10-13; 2 Timothy 2:24-26).

The content of ministry should prioritize the ministering in spiritual things as well as 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 (John 1:12; Colossians 2:6-7; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:8-10).  Here at Israel Metropolitan Ministry includes ministering to the physical, emotional, mental, vocational, and financial needs of others. Jesus did, and so should we!