The term "ministry practitioner" is not original; however, it has not been used enough in the English language to have developed a standard meaning or definition. Our organization seeks to define ministry practitioners as a group of ministers who seek to bridge the gap between the theories of ministry and their practical applications in everyday life.
Therefore, for purposes of the NACM, a ministry practitioner is a person who:
* Is a member of the NACM
* Has a call to ministry
* Understands that all ministry is a ?work in progress?
* Is devoted to continual learning, practice, and perfecting of ministry
* Has a systematic approach to applying ministry
* Is committed to a fellowship of practitioners who work together to perfect ministry
The NACM is defining and developing this role as a department of our organization. The goal is to perfect various areas of applied ministry so that is members, as well as ministers around the World will benefit from the insight gained.
The word “minister” comes from the Greek word:
Probably from διάκω diakō (obsolete, to run on errands; compare G1377); an attendant, that is, (generally) a waiter (at table or in other menial duties); specifically a Christian teacher and pastor (technically a deacon or deaconess): - deacon, minister, servant.min·is·try (Source: Strong’s Concordance).
In terms of Leadership, Jesus said this:
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; (Mat 20:25-26, KJV).
Interestingly, the KJV translates this word as “minister”. Other translations use the word “servant.”
But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, (Mat 20:25-27)
n. pl. min·is·tries
a. The act of serving; ministration.
b. One that serves as a means; an instrumentality.
a. The profession, duties, and services of a minister.
b. The Christian clergy.
c. The period of service of a minister.
(Source: the free dictionary)
The point is that “ministry” is the act of “service”, and ministers are servants to others on behalf of God.
Something that needs to remain in the forefront of the minds of ministers is our function within our organization. As a chosen people called to Christian leadership, we have a responsibility to perpetuate the collection of information, art of service, and the practice ministry.
One who practices something, especially an occupation, profession, or technique.
As ministry practitioners, we seek continually to understand the nature of human service (ministry), application of biblical principles, advancement of spiritual development, and the organization of the Kingdom of God in the Earth.
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