Over the past couple years I have developed a strong passion for the need of a teaching ministry within the walls of the church. I have found myself reaching out to a number of ministries seeking support for this concept. Each of these church has come back with various responses. It is not in our vision, we don’t have the time, we don’t have the hands that could contribute time to such a ministry and various other reasons.
I came to a conlusion of my own to continue to press on with my ministry work, and show the need for such a ministry. But I also came to realize I was also in the wrong mindset. I was in belief that it was up to the church to provide these sort of ministries. That if they did not have such teachings they would be failing to fullfill the Great Comission.
I was wrong. Now I do believe that such a ministry should be provided by the church, to equip the future generations and even prepare young men to go to seminary, or perhaps earn their education within the walls of the church. What I was wrong about was my understanding. The church as a community job is not to develop ministries, their job is to support them.
When we look at the early church in Acts 6 and find the Hellenists were frustrated because some of their widows were neglected in the daily distribution of the food (Acts 6:1). This shows us that such a ministry already existed among the church body. However, what was lacking was the manpower to successfully accomplish the task and reach the rest of the community.
The Apostles calling was to preach the Word not to give it up for some other ministry (Acts 6:2, 4), so they took it upon themselves to choose seven faithful men to put in charge over the distribution and through this many more came to obedience in the faith (Acts 6:7)
Here is what we learn. As faithful believers in Christ, all men and women are given some sort of spiritual gift to be used for the advancement of the Christian Body (1 Peter 4:10). Rather than walking up to the church leaders to get started, just do it.
Using Acts 6 as an example, if you feel called into providing food to the needing, start in your kitchen. Save a little money back each week, find some easy meals to cook up and give them to a family in need within the church. Continue on that journey faithfully, bringing some friends into the ministry and eventually your church to help expand your work and reach more families.
Christian Cornerstone Ministry as another, if you have a computer, a webcam, and a microphone, you have all you need to begin developing a teaching ministry. Continue on that path, faithfully bringing in others who agree with and support your work, and like above, eventually, bring your church into the project as well.
When we take the steps to press on into a ministry we are called into, others will see just how much of a passion it is, how helpful it can be, and desire to see your calling flourish all for the sake of the Kingdom of God.