There is a question around ministry in the Christian Church, the question of who’s ministry it is?
Within the part of the wider church that I am within, the nature of ministry that is under question is what we are doing and who is doing it. Part if this is around the Priesthood of all Believers, and what this means. This is something that the church can struggle with, does it mean that all are entitled to do everything, it is it a case that all may do things (though not necessarily meaning that all can do everything).
Within this however we look at it, most would recognise that there are specific roles within the work of the church, be that up front work or work hidden in the background.
All of these are however exercised within the ministry of the church. That it is the church that has a ministry, and individuals exercise ministry on behalf of the church. The ministry does not belong to individuals, but to the whole church.
This moves from a focus on the individual to the body. It moves from the cult of the individual to the discerned call of the body together.
However in this there is also the recognition of who does the ministry. It is everyone who does it, who has responsibility for it. This doesn’t mean all control exactly what is done, rather set the direction and principle. Also that even where an individual is doing a role, then that is done within the wider frame of the community of believers.
In this there is also the reminder that things can’t be left to only a small group, but us the calling of all. That small groups or individuals can’t control the nature if ministry as it belongs to the whole people of God.