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need forgiveness, physical healing, mental healing, healing from addictions, and healing of childhood physical and sexual abuse. We bring friendship to those who are abandoned and lonely, and courage to those who are afraid of death or overwhelmed with guilt. All suffering people are the hurting Jesus who needs to be touched, held, and comforted.


THE MINISTERS ARE When a person prays for help or when a church MINISTERED TO


community needs to get something done, Jesus answers by sending a human being to do the work. He doesn’t appear in person. The only “Jesus” people see is the face of Jesus in the minister or person he sends. When we respond to Jesus in need we discover that we are ministered to as well. We become the helpless Jesus who needs to be touched and healed. We come to others needing to learn from them. Ministers and others must allow themselves to be touched and taught.


ONE WHO SERVES


The key to lay or ordained ministry is an attitude of service. To see ministry as a way to control, be in charge of, or dominate others is unacceptable and contrary to the teaching of the Lord. The model for ministry is Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Taking the last place is the attitude of the minister or lay person towards those he/she serves.


WORKING TOGETHER Ministry is a team effort. Men and women, lay and IS ESSENTIAL 1 Cor 12: 12-27


ordained, are called and sent by Jesus to minister to


his Body. No one person has all the skills necessary to provide for the needs of the community. In fact, everyone who is called is called because they have short-comings as well as gifts. In this way they are need to work together calling on the strengths of each person in the community. Working together to meet the needs of the hurting Jesus best testifies to the power of the Risen Lord.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER ONE John 13: 1-17 Jesus washes the feet of the disciples


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