Are Techs in Ministry?
The spirit that gives us life corporately leads us into a miraculous unity of service — “ministry” — to each other and to our God.
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While working on my taxes this year, I came across a question on one of the forms that got me thinking. I was reporting income from the church where I serve, and there were two little check boxes to choose from. One said, “I received this as clergy income” and the other “I received this as non-clergy income.”
Setting aside the obvious question of why they should care, I started thinking about that very distinction that is made within the church itself.
As one who has held both “clergy” and “non-clergy” positions on church staffs through the years, I have seen a certain fuzziness clouding this issue. Many of tech staff and volunteers don’t have a clear context for their work and that affects both expectations and growth.
Is all “church work” ministry, or should we just use that term for special spiritually-focused functions? What is the real context of our work as techs in the church? Following this train of thought led me to the Word to gain a clearer perspective on the nature of “ministry,” and those who serve and work in the church.
Here are my thoughts in three snapshots:
The ministry of the Temple described in the Old Testament gives us some keen insight into God’s perspective. The Levites were given the responsibility of maintaining the Temple and conducting all the required services and activities of God’s people. They organized and administrated, cleaned and maintained, offered sacrifices, provided spiritual leadership, studied and taught, prayed and interceded with God, made pronouncements and judgements, and facilitated all the feasts and festivals ordained by God, among other things.
In spite of the really wide range of roles, all of their work is described as ministry. Ezekiel 44 records the restoration of the priesthood which was the one time when God divided them into two groups: those who had followed after idols during Israel’s turn from God, and those who had remained faithful.
As God restored the Temple, the first group was only allowed to perform general ministry tasks and serve the people, while those who had been faithful did all those things and could also “minister to God” in the holy place. It strikes me here that the function and impact of priests in the Temple was dependent totally on only one thing: the condition of their hearts as demonstrated by their faithful — or unfaithful — behavior.
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