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Ministry Servants are those individuals who are actively doing the work of the ministry inside and/or outside of the congregation. We deliberately chose this term, rather than "membership," because membership often connotes a passive role. While many congregations have employed membership programs effectively, we felt it was important to use the title Ministry Servant to remind people that they themselves are to be ministers of the good news about Yeshua, i.e. the Gospel.
For this reason, we have sought to engage many people into a variety of areas of ministry at the congregation. Ministry responsibility is not confined to within the door of the building where we meet, but rather it is a lifestyle for those who want to carry on the mission of Yeshua. We have received a gift from the Lord and we must be good stewards of the grace given to us (1 Peter 4:10).
Ministry is not done only by the leaders of the Congregation. Rather, it is the job of the Elders to train up others for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12-3). The body of Messiah is built up well only if the members of that body are actively serving the Lord by ministering to one another and to the community at large.
Who is responsible for spreading the good news about the completed work of Messiah Yeshua, i.e. the gospel? Is this the role of a select few? Perhaps it is the job of the spiritual leaders of the congregation (the Elders) or the Shammashim (the Deacons). Or maybe this is a job for the "extrovert" or "outgoing" people in the congregation. Furthermore, what is that ministry? The ministry mission that the Lord gave us was not to "add members" or "increase the congregation's size," but rather to make disciples (i.e. learners, followers) of Yeshua from all the "ethnos" (Greek for races, or nations) (Matthew 28:19-20). It was a call to each and every one of us who trust in the Lord, not only to a select few!
God is looking for people to send out into our communities to make disciples. So, be like Isaiah and say, "Adonai, hin'eni, shelacheni" (Lord, here am I; send me - Isaiah 6:8). Becoming a Ministry Servant at Ben David is a way to fulfill this mission of the Lord through the local congregation.
The process of becoming a Ministry Servant covers three areas:
The steps to become a Ministry Servant are as follows:
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