Joy for Everyone
Here are the scriptural definitions from the Bible and Insight on the Scriptures published by Yehowah’s Witnesses.
Minister – This term is translated from the Hebrew word mesha‧reth′ and the Greek di‧a′ko‧nos. The Hebrew term is a participle form of the verb sha‧rath′, meaning “wait upon” or “minister to” a superior, and is used in a secular or a religious sense. (Ge 39:4; De 10:8)
Evangelizer – A preacher of the gospel or good news; a messenger of good. The Greek eu·ag·ge·li·stesʹ (evangelizer) is closely related to the word eu·ag·geʹli·on, “good news” or “gospel.” 2 Timothy 4:5, Acts 21:8
Traveling minister – traveling companion
Acts 19:29, 2 Corinthians 8:19
Minister to people out of love.
1 Corinthians 16:14 Let everything you do be done with love.
The door to door ministry is scriptural.
Acts 20:20 while I did not hold back from telling you any of the things that were profitable nor from teaching you publicly and from house to house.
Beware apostates(those who have left God) who criticize our reporting of service time in our ministry.
There is no requirement to perform a certain amount of service time in the ministry in the Bible. However Jesus did say the following:
Matthew 5:41 and if someone in authority compels you into service for a mile, go with him two miles.
The Governing Body of The Christian Congregation of Yehowah’s Witnesses are in authority and that includes service.
Always consider what the Lord says.
The reporting of time spent in service is meant to be an encouragement to the worldwide brotherhood to see the increase and where new areas are being reached worldwide.
It is nothing bad.
Don’t be dumb about it. If you intend to talk to people about the Bible when you are out and about, that is time spent in the ministry. Be relaxed about it and don’t look at your watch. That’s not what it is about. It’s about having love for people and wanting them to know our Father and what he and his Son have done for us and to be saved.
If you go out and about for an hour and intended to talk to people about the Bible, you have satisfied the minimum monthly requirement. That’s how easy it is.
And if you are too weak or infirm there is a special arrangement where you can report a minimum of 15 minutes of ministry time per month. Isn’t that a loving arrangement?
God appreciates anything that you can do or want to do for him.
2 Corinthians 8:12 For if the readiness is there first, it is especially acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what a person does not have.
May Father bless your ministry.
Things that are not to do.
No class distinctions and no spiritual class distinctions
James 2:8,9 8 If, now, you carry out the royal* law according to the scripture, “You must love your neighbor as yourself,”h you are doing quite well. 9 But if you continue showing favoritism,i you are committing sin, and you are convicted* by the law as transgressors.
Do nothing unscriptural even if an authority tells you to
Acts 5:29 In answer Peter and the other apostles said: “We must obey God as ruler rather than men.
No one can tell you not to preach.
Jesus provides his apostles with excellent instructions on how to carry out the preaching work as they go forth in pairs. He does not stop there, however. He kindly warns them about opposers: “Look! I am sending you out as sheep among wolves . . . Be on your guard against men, for they will hand you over to local courts and they will scourge you in their synagogues. And you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake.”—Matthew 10:16-18.
Yes, Jesus’ followers may encounter severe persecution, yet he reassuringly promises them: “When they hand you over, do not become anxious about how or what you are to speak, for what you are to speak will be given you in that hour; for the ones speaking are not just you, but it is the spirit of your Father that speaks by you.” Jesus continues: “Brother will hand brother over to death, and a father his child, and children will rise up against parents and will have them put to death. And you will be hated by all people on account of my name, but the one who has endured to the end will be saved.”—Matthew 10:19-22.
Because the preaching is of primary importance, Jesus emphasizes the need for his followers to be discreet so as to remain free to carry out this work. He says: “When they persecute you in one city, flee to another; for truly I say to you, you will by no means complete the circuit of the cities of Israel until the Son of man arrives.”—Matthew 10:23.
What outstanding instructions, warnings, and encouragement Jesus gives to his 12 apostles! You can appreciate, though, that these words are also meant for those who will share in the preaching work after Jesus’ death and resurrection. This is shown by his saying that his disciples will be “hated by all people,” not just by those to whom the apostles are being sent to preach. Furthermore, we do not read of the apostles’ being brought before governors and kings during this short preaching campaign in Galilee nor of their being delivered up to death by family members.
Clearly, Jesus has the future in mind in saying these things to the apostles. Consider his statement that his disciples will not complete their circuit of preaching “until the Son of man arrives.” Jesus is indicating that his disciples will not complete the preaching about God’s Kingdom before the glorified King Jesus Christ arrives as God’s judge.
While carrying out the preaching work, the apostles should not be surprised to face opposition, for Jesus says: “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master.” Jesus’ point is clear. He faces ill-treatment and persecution for preaching God’s Kingdom, and so will they. Yet Jesus urges: “Do not become fearful of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.”—Matthew 10:24, 28.
In this, Jesus set the example. He fearlessly endured death rather than compromise his loyalty to the one with all power, Yehowah. It is Almighty God who can destroy a person’s “soul” (his future prospects for life) or who can resurrect him to enjoy everlasting life. How reassuring this must be to the apostles!
Jesus illustrates God’s loving care for his followers in this way: “Two sparrows sell for a coin of small value, do they not? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. . . . So have no fear; you are worth more than many sparrows.”—Matthew 10:29, 31.
The message Jesus’ disciples preach will divide households, some family members accepting it and others not. “Do not think I came to bring peace to the earth,” Jesus explains. Yes, it takes courage for a family member to embrace Bible truth. “Whoever has greater affection for father or mother than for me is not worthy of me,” Jesus observes, “and whoever has greater affection for son or daughter than for me is not worthy of me.”—Matthew 10:34, 37.
Yet, some will receive his disciples favorably. He says: “Whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water to drink because he is a disciple, I tell you truly, he will by no means lose his reward.”—Matthew 10:42.
Well-equipped with Jesus’ instructions, warnings, and encouragement, the apostles head out “through the territory from village to village, declaring the good news and performing cures everywhere.”—Luke 9:6.