Writing as Ministry?

January 25, 2020

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers... - Ephesians 4:11 (NRSV)

I never thought of writing as a ministry. Or called it that.

Then I began to see blog posts and mimes on the topic. So I decided to take another look at the list of ministry gifts or offices given by the apostle Paul in Ephesian 4:11. Here is what I found.

  • Paul's Ephesian 4 list does not include writing, at least not explicitly. But it doesn't include worships teams or food pantries or digging wells in Kenya either. And I think that most of us would agree that each of these is ministry.
  • We can make the connection between these ministries and the offices Paul mentions. Worship ministry can move people in much the same way as a traditional ministry sermon. And food pantries and well digging can serve as a form of evangelism. While the activities themselves aren't identified as an office, they fall under the umbrella of one or more offices.
  • The same connections can be made between writing and Ephesians 4:11 gifts. Writing can prophesy. Writing can teach. And, sometimes, writing can evangelize as well.

I find it hard to think of my writing as a ministry because I feel unworthy of ministry. But I do know that we are all called to believe in our own natural gifts and abilities. Because whether it's music or writing or speaking, it is from Him.

And whatever else we may think about ourselves, we have to believe that God knew what He was doing when he created us - just as we are.

You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother's womb. - Psalm 139:13 (Good News Translation)

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