- Ministry gifts were given by God to the church
1 Cor. 12:28 – “And God has appointed these in the church …”
1 Cor. 12:18 & 26 – A supernatural ministry, set in place by God
Eph. 4:10-13 – “And He Himself gave some…”
All are called to ministry, but not all are called to 5-fold ministry. If one is not called into 5-fold ministry, then called into ministry of helps (not to be confused with Helps ministry).
God never intended us to be pew warmers! Get involved!
Num. 11:10-17 – “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel …”
Helps were established
There was a transference of the anointing which was on Moses to those who were called to help which means; to aid, assist, support, uphold.
- Purposes of helps ministry
Acts 6:1-8 – Helps is instituted in the New Testament ministry
- The Word of God increased after the helps ministry was established in the church
- The laying on of hands transferred the Spirit or the anointing to those appointed for this task, which enabled them to do what they were called to do.
- Freed the ministers to study & pray
- Promotion of the faithful to other aspects of service as the Lord wills
- Church grew as a result of this ministry being set in place. God added to the church.
- The needs of the people were met – spiritually and naturally
Acts 6:2-3 – Servants, also called deacons, waited on tables so that the apostles would not have to leave the Word of God and prayer to meet the needs of the people.
Causes growth in Christ
- Builds up & adds to the church
- People learn to minister, help, & serve
Ministry gifts cannot operate at full capacity without Helps ministry to aid and assist the vision in coming to pass.
Effective Helps ministry:
- Protects pastors from snares and from becoming burned out.The tasks of day to day church operation need to be delegated to people who have been trained in helps ministry!
- Provides more time for the Pastor to spend with God.Fulfills Eph. 4:16, “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
- Provides order in the church and in the services.No confusion. As a result, the Spirit of God is free to move, the plan of God accomplished, God is glorified, the needs of the people are met. Peace and unity is the result.
- Builds Covenant Relationship within the Body – if one fails, all suffer
1 Cor. 12:14-28 – “For in fact the body is not one member but many …”
- Provides Ministry Training – Faithfulness in doing what God commands always leads
to promotion with Him. Faithfulness brings promotion in the natural as well. Note that our motive for doing anything is not that we have position or promotion, but rather to serve God and one another out of a servant-heart of love.
- Authority structure
Matt. 10:5 – Disciples were sent out by Jesus
Flow of the anointing in Eph. 4:11
Ministry gifts are given to the lead the whole body – Pastors teach & train the body
The body or the believers do the work of the ministry
Ex. 24:13 – Joshua is called to serve Moses
Ministry simply defined means “to serve” (ministry is spelled w-o-r-k)
Joshua considered servant hood as ministry
2 Kings 2:1-15 – Promotion of servant
Elisha served Elijah for 10 years before being promoted to position God had called Him to. Be faithful where you’re at until the time is right for promotion!
Prov. 13:17 – Faithfulness
Prov. 25:13 – Be a blessing to your leaders!
- Ministry requirements
Exod. 18:21– “Moreover you shall select from all the people able men (capable: Hebrew = men of moral strength), such as fear (reverence) God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. (NKJ)
- Rulers = judges, ministers, managers, leaders.Some had ability to be leaders of ten, fifty, hundred or several hundreds, and thousands. They were proven (tested) with ten, perhaps with one – themselves, their families, and then increased to lead others. Ministry will be tested and proven. There is pressure that comes with ministry, and people need to be observed under pressure to see how they respond and if they can remain faithful during times of pressure and stress.
Acts 6:3 — “Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; (NKJ)
If a person will not live up to the requirements, and/or refuses to make changes in their lives to put them in a place of right standing, they are not disqualified by the leadership, but by themselves. They are disqualified by the choices that they are making. It is not the leadership’s responsibility to carry this burden.
1 Tim 3:1-13
1 This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop (overseer, pastor), he desires a good work.
2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;
3 not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;
4 one who rules (leads, manages, indicating care and diligence) his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence
5 (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);
6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.
7 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
8 Likewise deacons (servants, helps ministry) must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,
9 holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.
10 But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless.
11 Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.
12 Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
13 For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. (NKJ) (Note: The only difference in the list of qualifications of overseers and deacons is that overseers must be able to teach.)
5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you–
6 if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination (rebellion).
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as a man of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,
8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled,
9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. (NKJ)
- SELF-WILLED = “self-pleasing”; denotes one who, dominated by self-interest, and inconsiderate of others, arrogantly asserts his own will, “self-willed,” (the opposite of “gentle,” in1 Tim. 3:3). This is an independent rebellious unsubmitted attitude. If you cannot serve another mans vision, you cannot and will not be entrusted with your own. If you cannot submit to man whom you can see, whom God has placed over you for your good, then you really are not submitting to God.
Vision for a church or ministry comes to the leader first. Vision is a: Purpose, Goal, or a Dream
Prov. 29:18 – No vision, people perish … Christians and churches without vision will die
Luke 9:62 – Get the vision & stick to it, don’t turn back!
Helps ministry needs the same vision as its body – MUST HOOK UP TO THE GOD-GIVEN VISION!
Ex. 17:11-12 – Aaron & Hur are symbolic of Helps ministry.
Support the leadership which has been given the responsibility and the authority in any given situation – even if you don’t understand or agree, as long as what you are being asked to do is scriptural. Submission is a voluntary response, a decision that is made to yield their rights, opinion, etc. to another. Submission is not needed when everyone is in agreement. Submission is needed when there is a disagreement or conflict. You submit to the higher authority. The end result is harmony and peace.
Judges 20:11 – Unity!
1 Cor. 1:10 – Be perfectly joined together – no division! The same principles are applicable today.
- Meeting the needs of the people, practical application
All ministry in the church that is not 5-fold (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher) is classified as helps ministry. This includes: Praise and Worship, Intercessory Prayer, all classes, ministries and programs, ushers, catchers, greeters, office staff (whether paid or volunteer), youth and children, church cleaners, etc.
Deal with people – meeting needs! The Helps ministry as a whole should walk as one. They are a team, flowing as one, that can have a powerful impact on whether or not a church, ministry or a particular service reaches its full potential, the plan and purpose of God is accomplished, and God is glorified.
Meeting the needs of the people may be something as simple as getting them a chair, helping them up of off the floor after a time of ministry, getting water for the minister, etc.
- The praise & worship team as helps ministry
- They help usher people into the Holy of Holies, the presence of God
- They help create atmosphere of freedom & liberty
This includes the person(s) operating sound equipment. If the worship team is flowing as one and the sound person is not a part of that team, strife has entered and has the potential to thwart God’s plan & will lead to further destruction if not dealt with.
- The ushers are the primary example of helps ministry
- They greet people coming into the church & meet needs of people, both natural & spiritual needs, although they may never “minister” to a person by prayer or laying on of hands, yet they “minister” by ushering them to a chair, make sure they are able to conveniently give their offering, provide security to the person receiving ministry by being there to catch them if they are slain in the Spirit which allows the Spirit of God to ministry to them without hindrance or fear of being hurt. Well trained, alert, spiritually sensitive ushers and catchers are very important in the over-all ministry of a church.
- Assist the one ministering during times of prayer and ministry
- Maintain order in services.Divine order provides and creates the atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to move freely, settles disturbances, directs people traffic to and from the altar area to allow a free flow of people without confusion.
- Watchmen – could be defined as a Spiritual body guards.Watching and alert in the spirit, being aware of problems that may occur and stop them before they manifest.
- Being Spiritually sensitive and in tune with one who is ministering, praying while they minister (Remember to be alert, watching and praying.Keep your eyes open!)
- Greeters functioning as helps ministry
- The greeters create the first impression of a church to newcomers.First impressions are the most important! Often you never have a chance to make a second impression.
- Greeters welcome & direct people
- Have the ability (if they have the revelation and understanding) and sensitivity of heart to change attitudes of people as they enter the place of worship.This is why it is important to have a positive, pleasant, warm and genuinely loving spirit (attitude). Your attitude is catching and will affect others, whether it is positive or negative.
- Nursery attendants
- Nursery workers must understand they are Ministering (serving) both to parents and children. Nursery or children’s ministry is NOT a baby-sitting service! This ministry must be done with the revelation and understanding that the parents who are in the service are being ministered to while their children are be ministered to in the nursery!
- Other areas in the Church that are helps (other than specified above)
- Church cleaning and maintenance – The church building should be cleaned on a regular basis. This task is not the responsibility of the pastor. It makes the pastor’s job easier and is very freeing when the pastor comes into church and is not distracted because things are out of order and untidy. The pastor is then free to flow in the anointing, ministering to the people the Word and Spirit of God.
- Hospitality is NOT the sole responsibility of the Pastor’s wife! There are those who may be specifically called and graced to the ministry of hospitality, but all should learn to be hospitable.
- Prayer teams – All intercessory prayer groups and meetings come under the helps ministry. They are to pray for the leadership, the vision of the church, etc. and should function under the leadership of the pastor. During ministry times in services, we can help facilitate what God is doing by praying where we are seated, or at the altar, depending on how your church is structured.
- Giving – Some are specifically graced by God and have a ministry of giving, going beyond the tithe and regular offerings, but all are called to give of their tithes and offerings. These offerings aid, assist and enable the church to fulfill the God-given vision.
- Office assistance – Depending on the level of skill of the volunteer, duties
could range from simply answering phones and staffing the office, to
computer work, correspondence, keeping financial records, letters, etc.
- Parking lot attendants – An organized parking area will end the confusion associated with finding a place to park! Some may find it frustrating trying to find a place to park, and when they finally get to the service, are so out of sorts that
there is no way possible for them to enter into God presence and get anything at all from the service. (you may want to use attendants during special meetings, or if a large crowd is expected and the lot will be filling up. Use flashlights if the parking area is dark.
- Children, Teen & Youth Ministry, Cell Groups, etc. All of these departments within a local church fall under the category of helps ministry.
- Before the service begins:
- BE PRAYED UP!Don’t wait until you get to church to get ‘in the spirit’ – LIVE IN THE
SPIRIT. Take care of all strife before you get to church and be ready to serve others with the
right heart and attitude.
- Make sure chairs are lined up in order and floor and washrooms are clean. The general appearance says much about your church.The helps team sets a pleasing atmosphere for worship.
- Make sure there is water available for the minister(s), including the worship team, prior to
the service starting. Doing this after the service begins can be a distraction.
- Check to see that offering envelopes and offering baskets fully equipped and in place.
- If there is a guest minister, they may need help carrying in their materials or setting up books, tapes, etc.
- Check with the pastor for any special instructions for the service.
- Watch for anything that you can do that may help in the flow of the service, or any
way that you can help to make people comfortable.
- Ministry time
Having well-trained catchers, people who drape the prayer cloths, ushers who guide the people setting a orderly line for ease of ministry and those who are there to assist helping people up is very necessary to providing the atmosphere for the Spirit of God to accomplish the purpose of God for that meeting. The natural and spiritual work together. We are ministering first of all to the Lord, because of our love for Him, and then to the people whom Jesus gave His life for.
If you do not plan for and expect the Holy Spirit to move, He most likely won’t.
Training sessions where these things are practiced are crucial. Make advance preparations.
Consider what might happen, what you would like to see happen and plan accordingly. Look
at the layout of your building, ministry area and arrangement of the seats. Ushers should be
trained to conduct the people to the front to receive ministry, and then back to their seats in
the most efficient and orderly fashion. Watch that people are not tripping over those that are
still on the floor, direct people to fill spaces that have been vacated so they might receive
ministry. Alert the one ministering if any person is overlooked and has not yet been prayed
for. Catchers should be trained to perceive the flow of the anointing or a particular way the
minister might be moving.
- Catchers must be alert at all times, ready to “sprint” to the altar if necessary!If you are wondering if you should be at the altar, you are already too late! It is better to be there and not be needed, than not be there and have someone fall without a catcher. This provides security for not only the one being ministered to, but to the church as well. Several people have been injured and the church has been liable for their injuries. It is expensive and is not a good testimony for outsiders or people within the church. There are some things that happen that are beyond our control, but there are many things that we can do to prepare and save ourselves unnecessary problems – legal problems as well as spiritual and natural problems.
- Prayer cloths for the ladies with skirts, or revealing clothing (remember, we need to prepare for ALL things!)
- Follow the instructions of person in the pulpit, or the one ministering.
- Those who are on the music team, catching or at the altar ministering are generally the last to get ministry, as they are there to minister to the others.You will wait until all others have been ministered to, then go for ministry yourselves. You may have to take turns so that your area of ministry is covered. There will be times that you will not make it into prayer lines, just because of the way the spirit is flowing. Learn to receive of the anointing while you are ministering in it!
Always remember during ministry time, that anything can happen. The direction of the service can change at any given time. LISTEN FOR DIRECTION FROM LEADERSHIP, AND FROM THE PULPIT! Special instruction may come down concerning the ministry flow, lines for ministry, the altar call, etc.
A prayed up well trained and experienced helps ministry will operate like a well oiled machine, knowing in advance what needs to be done and when it needs to be done.
Here is a goal to work toward …. The Pastor or visiting minister should never have to ask for something, that all things would be supplied to the smallest detail. For example … The minister should have water at pulpit without asking. If minister takes off their jacket, usher should be there to take it and hang it up or fold it for him/her. When praying for people, catchers should immediately be behind person to catch, not on the way up, wondering if they should be there. If you are in doubt, be there!
- Dress code
Luke 10:1-4 – Jesus sends His disciples with specific instructions
1 Tim 2:9 – appearance (ladies)
Jesus gave the disciples very specific instructions on what to take with, and how to dress. The pastor/leader delegates the kind of dress that is required, not those serving! Remember that we are ambassadors of the Most High God, and that we are MINISTERING to the people. If someone has a problem with a dress code or other requirements, they need to recognize and deal with their rebellion!
Clothing worn should be modest, not drawing attention to self. We are there to minister to the people, representing God. Anything that draws attention toward self, takes from what theHoly Spirit is doing.
The dress code would be different for each church, climate or type of meeting. You would not necessarily wear a tuxedo to a youth rally!
- Helps Ministry is for all ages
Those who serve, must be physically able to carry out responsibilities. For example, a catcher must be mature enough to handle the weight of the people receiving ministry. They should also be mature enough to understand what they are doing and why. We cannot exclude the young from learning to minister. You learn ministry by doing ministry. As the upcoming generation takes its place in the body, the rules will change!
Jer. 1:4-10 — Being a young person is not an excuse for not serving and obeying the call of God.
1Corinthians 12:28; God has set helps in the Church. Jesus has given ministry gifts to the Church to train and equip the saints. The saints are trained to do the work of the ministry. Ephesians. 4:8-16
Mark 6:39-43, Luke 9:14-15, John 6:12-13; Jesus gave the command, delegated the responsibility to the disciples. Ushering, providing order helped bring about a miracle, then the “helps” ministry had to clean up what was left over.
Mark 6:7-13; Luke 10:1-20; Jesus tells the disciples what to wear, where to go, and what to do as they are trained and taught in ministry. They went out as Jesus commanded, preached the gospel, healed the sick and cast out demons. They returned and gave a report to Jesus about what had been accomplished. Not only were they held accountable, but their role and function changed. Where at one point, they had “their own ministry”, now when they returned to Jesus they functioned in helps ministry, they rowed the boat, ushered the crowds, served food, cleaned up after the meetings, arranged meeting places, etc. You are in authority and under authority. Roles and functions change. One must stay humble, submissive, teachable and accountable.
Mark 14:12-16; Disciples arrange & obtain the meeting place.
Acts 6:1-7; Describes the need for helps, qualifications for helps. The result was church growth because the ministers had time for the Word and Prayer. The needs of the people were met spiritually & naturally. Those in the helps ministry, had the power of God and miracles operating in their lives. Even as table waiters, doing what is considered “menial” tasks.
Numbers 11:16-17; God never intended for one man to do it all. Help for Moses; qualifications for helps ministry; results in same anointing or spirit and same vision. Helps is a supernatural ministry, there is an anointing that comes from God to enable one to serve another person’s vision and ministry that ultimately Jesus might be glorified and His work done in the earth. We work together with Jesus as He builds His Church.
Exodus 17:11; Aaron & Hur help Moses – until the sun went down, until battle is ended, no part time soldiers, requires dedication and commitment.
1 Kings 19:19-21, 2 Kings 3:11-13; Elisha followed Elijah, faithfully serving in helps ministry at least 10 years before he ministered in his own calling. Poured water on Elijah’s hands and brought refreshing to him. Helps ministry will bring refreshing to the leaders they serve.
Romans 16:1-2; Phoebe, “assist her in whatever business she has need of you”, a helper of many and of Paul.
Romans 16:3-23; All others whom Paul salutes and lists as helps.
Luke 8:1-3 – List several women who followed Jesus and ministered to him out of their substance.
John 13:14-17; Follow Jesus’ example. It brings joy.
Faithfulness to the Lord, to the vision, to the man/woman/ministry, is the condition for promotion and blessing. Proverbs 13:17, 25:13, 28:20
It is important to remember that in the helps ministry, we are serving Jesus, not man, although at times it looks like we are serving man (the pastor or others in leadership). God raises up a leader, gives them His vision. The leader raises up others to help carry out the vision or will of God. In reality, if we serve those God has raised up to fulfill His vision, we are serving God. Helps ministry in the church does not take the place of our worship and service to God on a personal level. We work together as a team, united in a common vision and purpose. Each person has a different function but is to be mutually dependent on one another. Each person is needed and necessary.
As we serve, we need to also remember that we are chosen ambassadors of Christ, His representatives. Our motive for helps is our love for God, then love for one another. God requires things of us. Jesus required certain things of His disciples as he trained and taught them. At times in our personal lives or in ministry, there may be things required of us that may mean a sacrifice. It definitely requires commitment to the Lord, to the vision, to the leadership, and to one another. But, because of our love for God and the desire to please Him, the sacrifice is not a burden but rather will bring us joy, fulfillment, satisfaction, and freedom as we serve. It is a privilege to serve God!
In training and developing helps ministry, we are not interested in making robots! Our goal is to create an atmosphere where Jesus is Lord and the Holy Spirit in control, with spiritual men and women ministering to the Body, meeting needs in the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Determine that whatever you do, you will do it to the glory of God and do it with the grace, power and ability that He supplies …. abundantly!! In other words, do it in the Spirit!
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED OF ALL CHURCH WORKERS
BE BORN AGAIN & SPIRIT-FILLED (TONGUE TALKING, LOVE WALKING)
MEMBER OF THE LOCAL CHURCH IN WHICH ONE IS SERVING
OF GOOD REPORT/REPUTATION/TESTIMONY
STRONG PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD
A PERSON OF PRAYER
LIVING A SANCTIFIED/SEPARATED/HOLY LIFE
TITHING CONSISTENTLY TO THE LOCAL CHURCH
FAITHFUL TO CHURCH SERVICES & TRAINING SESSIONS OR PRACTICES
WILLING TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITIES, DILIGENT TO CARRY THEM OUT
SUBMITTED & COMMITTED TO LEADERSHIP
HAVING RESPECT FOR THE OFFICE & MINISTRY OF THE PASTOR
PUNCTUAL — ON TIME FOR PRACTICES & SERVICES
PERSONAL CLEANLINESS, NEAT APPEARANCE & APPROPRIATE DRESS
FAITHFULNESS is the key to blessings and promotion. He who is faithful in little will be faithful in much. Faithfulness and right attitudes count more than talent or ability. “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” 1Cor. 4:2
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR CHURCH WORKERS
The New Testament gives believers who hold leadership positions in the church a set of guidelines for their conduct. Leaders should live exemplary lives to keep reproach from Christ and the Church. The following requirements are mandatory for those who hold places of ministry or leadership in a local church.
- Must be a born again, Spirit-filled believer with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
- Must be a member of the local church where they desire to serve.
- Must live a sanctified life. Free from the things of the world, consecrated and committed to following God’s plan for their lives.
- Must walk in obedience in the light of God’s Word as it is revealed to them.
- Must be faithful to the scheduled services.
- Must be loyal to the vision, the pastor, and programs at the church; having a submissive heart to those God bas placed in authority; willing to follow directions of the leaders as they by the grace of God endeavor to follow the God-given vision.
- Must be faithful to their position and willing to take the necessary responsibility for thatposition.
- Must be a person of prayer; willing to intercede for their responsibility, their department, those they work with and the pastor.
- Must be willing to attend all meetings pertaining to their position or department.
- Give advance notice to the department leader when they will be absent.
- Must be neat in appearance and well groomed.
- Must be a consistent tither to the local church in which they are in covenant relationship. Tithing is a sign of covenant.
- Must have a submissive attitude toward the guidelines and requirements set up by the pastor and department head leaders for their particular area of ministry in the church. There may be sacrifice involved, but this labor does not go unnoticed by the Lord, and He will repay. The right attitude should be that this ministry or service is unto the Lord.
- Must agree with the tenets of faith of the church.
- Most important of all, walk in love — preferring one another and serving one another. Keep the unity of the faith.
DEPARTMENT HEAD QUALIFICATIONS
(Those placed in leadership in charge over a department or ministry)
- They must fulfill all of the basic requirements for helps ministry.
- 1Timothy 3:8-13, qualifications and character being developed. Not a novice and of proven, tested, character, personal affairs, finances, and home life in order.
- Be an example in attitude and actions. Your spirit (attitude) is transferred to those under you and to those you minister to.
- Be willing to make the sacrifices and demands necessary to get the job done, doing it with the right attitude.
- Be able to accept responsibility to train (disciple) those under them, or those helping in their department; communicating to them the qualifications, responsibilities, and standards. This is for their spiritual growth and the growth and maturity of the leadership (not dictatorship.
- Be able to develop this department by taking the initiative and oversight by working with the pastor and in keeping with the vision of the church. This may mean the leader will have to develop themselves, meet the challenges and tests that come, causing them to stretch and grow, gaining experience, which develops the gift and ministry in them. The growth comes not only by study and prayer, but also by doing.Opportunities to put the Word to work will cause you to gain experience and experience will cause growth. This is also a part of the proving, testing, process that develops leadership. This is a progressive work. Developing gifts and a ministry takes time, opportunities, and experience.
- Be willing to accept the responsibility to pray for your department, those you work for and the pastor.
- Be willing to be held accountable for the responsibilities of your department and to hold those under you accountable for their duties and responsibilities. This also causes growth, maturity, and discipline in ministry.
LEADERSHIP ALLOWS FOR DIFFERENCES OF OPINION AND PROCEDURE,
YET DEMANDS THAT A STANDARD BE MET.