Ministry Isn’t Working for a Church

28 June 2018

There’s a misconception out there that ministry is only for Church. You hear the expression “going into ministry” as something synonymous with “becoming a pastor.” Ministry didn’t always mean this. The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:12 talks about equipping the saints for the work of ministry. Notice, saints there is with a small S. It’s not the super-duper Christians who have been venerated over the ages for their incredible faith, works of wonder, and contribution to the Church. The saints in Ephesians 4:12 are just the everyday Christians, you and me.

In Ephesians 4:12, anything that builds up the body of Christ is ministry. That could be as an artist, a businesswoman, a politician, an actor, a stay-at-home dad, a social worker, a teacher, a missionary, a janitor – anything and everything, if it builds up the body of Christ somehow, then it is ministry.

The courses we teach at Hillsong College aren’t quick tips to becoming senior pastors or platform leaders in churches. Yes, our mission is to raise and equip once-in-a-generation-type leaders, but who said those leaders had to be the ones leading churches? They could be the congresswoman who helps generate just and fair laws, the scientist who finds an amazing treatment for clinical depression, or a computer programmer developing the next learning machine.

If we limit ministry just to leadership in churches (and good church leadership is certainly needed!), then we limit the impact the Church of Jesus Christ can have on the world we inhabit. It’s the ministry beyond the four walls of where we meet on Sunday that is most important. What happens on a Sunday should be the overflow of our ministry during the week. Leadership, Bible, theology – these aren’t fields for specialists. They’re skills and tools for everyday living. When you study with us at Hillsong College, we’re not just preparing you to lead. We’re preparing you to transform your whole life, in whatever sphere you’re in.