Ministry, simple put, is the practice of serving others and furthering the Gospel. Having a ministry is the joyful duty of every believer. God entrusted each of us with gifts and talents for the purpose of serving others, especially those in the body of Christ. It is our responsibility to be good stewards of those gifts and talents, to use them well for Christ.
What if you don’t have a ministry, how do you find yours?
I would recommend that you start by considering your strengths and making a list.
What are your spiritual gifts? Every Christian has one or more spiritual gifts. You can find a list of some of the gifts in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12. I’m not convinced that these are the only spiritual gifts a person could have but it’s a good starting place. Please take note that not all of these gifts listed (such as apostleship) are still in use today. Read through the list and ask yourself if any of these gifts characterize your strengths. If one or more of them do write it down.
It is said there are around 16 basic personality types. You can find various free personality tests online that you might want to consider taking. The tests I’ve taken seem very accurate and helpful. They don’t take much time to complete either. At the end, there is usually a personality description with notes about probable strengths and weaknesses. When looking for a quiz make sure the website you choose has a decent worldview. Once you define your personality write down your strengths and take note of your weaknesses, there is always room for improvement.
Interests & Goals
Interests are things that we like to do, have a passion for or have a fascination with. Our interests will change some over the years, but a lot of the time you will be able to see some consistencies. Take a moment to consider what things you like to do in your free time, write them down. Also, look at your goals or bucket list to help define your interests.
After you’ve made a list of your spiritual gifts, personality traits, goals and interests you should have an easier time finding a ministry.
Ministry doesn’t have to be a full time job or a big project. Ministry can be a thousand little things you do every day to bless others. Ministry sometimes involves sacrifice of our time and resources but that doesn’t meant it can’t be extremely enjoyable and fulfilling.
Ask yourself: What do I love to do? What am I good at? How could I use these strengths to serve others? Then ask the Lord to show you what ministry He wants you to be involved in.
Maybe your passion is music. Could you use that talent in your church or to bless someone in a nursing home? Do you love to cook and you have a knack for organization? Try organizing a meal ministry for the elderly, new mothers, college students living in a dorm or those who are sick. Perhaps you are the quiet, sensitive type. Why not consider writing letters of encouragement to missionaries or the down hearted. Your ministry can be to unbelievers, fellow Christians or your family.
I have a big list of ministry and job ideas in my ebook “Single Girl” but there are so many ministry opportunities out there if we just open our eyes and look for them.
God has given YOU unique gifts and talents but they are not just to keep for yourself they are meant to be used to bless others.
What ministries do you enjoy now or would like to begin in the near future? Putting your suggestions in the comments will help stimulate each other and get our creative minds working.
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