Dictionary of Bible Themes
God, who calls his people to minister, also equips his people. The chief qualifications are a response to God's call, faithfulness, godliness and Christlikeness.
God calls people to minister
Qualification is by call, not gifting or achievement
God calls those who the world regards as weak or foolish
Feelings of inadequacy to God's call are common
Responding to God's call to minister
Readiness and availability
Faith, rather than natural talent or moral perfection, is required
David committed adultery and murder:
NT ministers are recognised by call rather than their achievement
Acts 9:15; Acts 26:6; 2 Corinthians 4:7-12; Corinthians 12:7 Though greatly gifted, Paul was kept humble by his sense of unworthiness, difficulties and disappointments and his “thorn in the flesh”; 1 Timothy 1:16
Ministry in the NT is described as service
Serving Jesus Christ
Serving the gospel
Serving the church
Ministry is described in terms of its source, content or nature
It is of the Spirit:
Various ministries are equally linked by qualifications of character
The personal qualifications for ministry
“faithful” is the sole description of the ministries of Epaphras and Tychicus:
Acts 8:21 Simon was not right with God.
1 Timothy 6:11,20-21
Acts 1:21-22 The replacement apostle for Judas had to have been with Jesus Christ from the beginning.