Author: Ron Graham
In the New Testament church, there was a great diversity of ways in which people served God as stewards of the gifts he had given them.
Gifts And Ministries That Laid The Foundation For The Church
The apostles and prophet's were the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:19-22).
Their inspired word was confirmed by workers of various miraculous signs (Hebrews 2:1-4).
The church today has access to the ministry of the apostles and prophets through their writings just as, for example, Timothy did (1Timothy 3:14-15).
Gifts And Ministries Which Provide Leadership And Instruction For The Church
The evangelists and shepherds guide and teach the church to edify it (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Their administration is supplemented by ministers in charge of non-teaching duties (Acts 6:1-6)
These ministries need no direct inspiration from God. Timothy the evangelist is an example again. He relied on the Scriptures for his ministry (2Timothy 3:14-17, 2Timothy 4:1-5)
Gifts And Ministries That Enable Every Member Of The Church To Help In Some Important Way
Each one has received a gift which he or she should employ as a steward of God's manifold grace (1Pet 4:7-11).
Among these general gifts and ministries are: