The Ministry

This section is for those entering the ministry and being ordained by other ministers. Any prospective minister should study this section carefully and understand it clearly.

  1. Timothy – was a young minister whom Paul reminded of his responsibility to keep the fire of God afresh in his life and ministry. Apparently a prophecy had been made concerning Timothy, and Paul refreshed his mind concerning it and encouraged him not to fail (1 Timothy 1:18; 4:14). The elders had laid hands on him, ordaining him into the ministry; therefore, Timothy had a solemn charge to keep (2 Timothy 4:1-4).
  2. Paul and Barnabas – Not only did the Holy Spirit speak to these men, but hands were laid upon them before they went forth (Acts 13:1-4).

Those entering the ministry should keep in mind the need of a dual ordination: first of God, then of humans. Without proving ourselves faithful before people and obtaining their favor, charge, and blessing, our ministry will accomplish little, if anything.

Responsibility rests upon those who lay their hands on others for whatever cause. Since by doing so we thrust ourselves into this position under the leadership of God, as His Word gives us authority, we need to consider several factors.