INVOLVEMENT IN MINISTRY
A guide to recognising God's presence and assistance
when we are involved in Church ministry.
The traditional/ mainline Protestant church to which
I belong delivers
outreach services to the local community. Although involvement in such
services requires the donation of time from volunteers, there are
rewards for those who do so. Indeed
it is now evident that those
who provide voluntary services to ‘others
actually receive tangible benefits for
themselves – they
are more likely to be physically and psychologically healthy.
that occurs when doing so for the Church. If the service is delivered
selflessly out of dedication to God, as an act of loving care
to fellow human beings, then it is most likely that those
engaged in it will witness his guidance and assistance within the
process. For a start, things just tend to easily fall into
place, far more than could be expected under the ‘law
And I mean that should even be obvious to a cautious thinker. Above and beyond that, it is most likely that expected
outcomes will be met, if not surpassed, i.e. if we are
selfless in our dedication and
we invite God to assist and guide us. God’s methods of assisting us
in our day-to-day lives is discussed more fully in the articles, “His guiding hand” and “His helping hand”.
involved with a voluntary pastoral care team that ministers to hospital
patients, I witnessed many events that were ‘special’. Sure, as
Christians, we would expect to witness spiritual healing, but from my
circumstances the healing was (strangely you might think in
that setting) more
likely to be emotional or psychological than
physical. Of course, this is in contrast to the more graphic examples of
healing that I have mentioned in the article, “Gifts from the Spirit”. I can also say that such
events have exceeded
my hopes for
those people involved. To be honest, I have not at times even known
what plight patients had been in prior to God’s gift of emotional/ psychological healing.
also occasionally hear one way or another about subsequent
events, e.g. what stuff has happened after my prayers of intercession for patients.
I think God likes to let people
ministering know occasionally what happens
to those they have been involved with as further proof to them of his
loving presence –
further enhancing their own faith; strengthening them
in their resolve to continue serving him in their ministry.
this successful ministry stuff presumably goes on through all of
Christendom. And it is certainly not just applicable to the so-called Born Again/ Charismatic movement. Unlike me, I do not believe that any of my fellow pastoral care team
members are members of the movement, yet God utilises them
effectively to ‘glorify his name’,
and support other Christians under emotional and physical stress, all
the same. In
light of these types of positive faith and belief building outcomes, I certainly
advise everyone to become involved with the Church’s
ministry if at all
possible. It is so satisfying I can assure you.
Continue to the first article, “God’s presence in our lives” in the following section of the website.