The role of Ministers

Act 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 

Act 6:2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 

Act 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 

Act 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 

Act 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 

Act 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 

Act 6:7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. 

The church was in disorder (v1) so that the needs of all were not met.

They went to the spiritual leaders (v2) and asked them what to do.

They said to find seven trustworthy men to wait on the tables (v3)

The spiritual leaders would meet the spiritual needs of the church (v4)

The seven chosen men would meet the administrative needs of the church (v 5-6)

The church was in order again and able to do the work of The Lord in an ordered and efficient way and so expanded.

It can be seen that the ministers were to meet the spiritual needs of the people in the church and the deacons meet the administrative needs of people in the church if it is to run efficiently and do the work of Jesus.

Jesus never called any of His followers ‘priests’ or ‘bishops’ but servants and ministers.  The titles of ‘priests’ or ‘bishops’ are taken from other religions and reinforced by The Catholic church which needed a hierarchy to run the Roman empire it had taken over.  Because the structure needed greater levels of control they also made cardinals and pope.

In the letters scholars ascribe to Paul these terms are never mentions.  But in those written using his name, as a form of reverence or fraud they are mentioned.

I none of the other writings of the apostles are priests and bishops mentioned except in 1 Peter 2:25 but then only in refer to Jesus as the bishop of our souls.

The fivefold was not mentioned by Jesus or any of the apostles but is mentioned in Ephesians which scholars believe was not written by Paul.

In reality all Christians should be able to do what they need to do to minister and not just specialise in one area.

Jesus never said that there were offices of service in the church.  So, to make prophecy an office is to do something Jesus did not do and to elevate it to a higher level than it should be.

Of more use in the church are ‘words of wisdom’ and ‘words of knowledge’ but these are not promoted.  These tell you what you need to know now and not at a future date.

By making a class of qualified people to minister in a church you stop the congregation from ministering the work Jesus said they should do and by this hinder the wore of Jesus by following the way Satan perverted the church structure so it would not run in the way God desires it to run.

You set up a two tier system like the Nicolaitans had which Jesus condemned.