From the President: What Ministry Means

Defining Ministry

Volume 7 | Issue 3 | Fall 2011

From the President: What Ministry Means

Dr Faust

Dr. David Faust

Russ Blowers was my predecessor as senior minister with East 91st Street Christian Church in Indianapolis. He attended the local Rotary Club, and when it was time for him to introduce himself he didn’t want to give a predictable response and say, “I’m a minister,” so he said:

Hi, I’m Russ Blowers. I’m with a global enterprise. We have branches in every country in the world. We have representatives in nearly every parliament and boardroom on earth. We’re into motivation and behavior alteration. We run hospitals, feeding stations, crisis-pregnancy centers, universities, publishing houses, and nursing homes. We care for our clients from birth to death. We are into life insurance and fire insurance. We perform spiritual heart transplants.

Our original Organizer owns all the real estate on earth plus an assortment of galaxies and constellations. He knows everything and lives everywhere. Our product is free for the asking. (There’s not enough money to buy it.) Our CEO was born in a hick town, worked as a carpenter, didn’t own a home, was misunderstood by his family and hated by his enemies, walked on water, was condemned to death without a trial, and arose from the dead. I talk with him every day.

What does it mean to be a minister for Christ?

Ministry means “service.” The words are interchangeable in the New Testament.
Ministry is a sacred responsibility. Paul told Timothy, “Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship . . . discharge all the duties of your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5).

In this issue, you will see how our graduates, alumni and others affiliated with CCU define ministry in their lives. Ministry is hard work. Jesus didn’t promise an easy road, but there’s nothing more rewarding than partnering with the Creator in his global enterprise to “serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13).

Ministry is a normal part of following Jesus. The Lord took upon himself “the very nature of a servant” (Philippians 2:7).

He “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45)—to wash feet, bless children, help the needy, and bring grace to the hopeless.

Ministry is for everyone—not just the “clergy.” The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) is for all of Christ’s followers. God calls every believer to serve. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10). God’s people need to be prepared “for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:12).

As the arrow below illustrates, CCU’s commitment to ministry affects everything we do.

It shapes our curriculum—every degree program, every course.

It defines our mission and inspires our vision. We train disciple- makers who will change the world for Christ—“thousands impacting millions.”

For those pursuing vocational ministry in the church, CCU is dedicated to training students to serve in missions, preaching, youth ministry, music leadership, counseling, and other roles. For those whose ministry will be in the public marketplace, CCU prepares them with a biblical worldview so they can serve with excellence in school classrooms, businesses, and other professional endeavors.

Our goal is to prepare all of our graduates for ministry no matter what degree they pursue or how they earn a living. As servants of the Son of God, we can do nothing less.

Dr. David Faust