LOVE TABERNACLE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
BOOK: The Ministry Gifts
Chapter 2: The Five-Fold Ministry Gifts
Ministry of Helps (Not a part of the Five-Fold Ministry)
I Cor 12:28
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets,
thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments,
diversities of tongues.
The greek means "laying hold of", in the idea of grasping tightly and
not letting go. The idea here is that you grasp tightly to what
God has laid in your heart to do, the way to serve, the way to love the
Body of Christ.
This is your door of ministry (service) to work your motivational gift, and thereby, find satisfaction, fulfillment, and fellowship in the work.
You must recognize that all gifts are for giving to others. A
gift is not given to a person for his/her own selfish use. As a
matter of fact, most gifts will not manifest unless they are in the act
of giving to others (i.e., loving others).
1 Cor 12:7
you see, the gift is the channel of love, the flow of love, through you
to others. Your fulfillment (and your very life) is in the flow
of the gift of love to others.
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
The Helps Ministry presents opportunities to serve the others, in love,
with your gifts, talents and abilities. We believe that everyone
in the body has a specific purpose and task assigned by the Lord. You
may not be called to a fivefold ministry, but everyone has the ability
to serve in the Ministry of Helps. Helps can be thought of as
The Ministry of Helps is seen in the New Testament as one of helping the afflicted, the poor,
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister,
and to give his life a ransom for many.
and the windows in need.
This service or ministry is what is spoke of the motivational gift "ministry" (Rom 12:7).
Also, the greek word "diakonos" means "deacon" or "one who
serves". You should recognize that through the loving service of
the Ministry of Helps:
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. 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. 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. But we
will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the
word. 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: Whom they set before the apostles: and when they
had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 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.
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles
among the people.
times a particular Helps Ministry will be called an "auxiliary".
If a person wishes to be the head of an auxiliary, they should be:
- Order was brought,
- Allowing needs to be met,
- Allowing peace and unity to flow (i.e., agape love always removes strife),
- Allowing the Five Fold men of God to continue on their God-given purpose,
- Set an example for others to follow (and fellowship in),
- Facilitated increase and multiplication of people,
- Caused obedience to the faith, and
- Provided a training ground for moving further in the Lord and in the ministry.
- Of honest report,
- Full of the Holy Spirit,
- Full of wisdom,
- Full of faith,
- Not a novice, but one who has proven themselves faithful in attendance and service, and
who can submit to authority, follow instructions, and thereby be
exercised in being given authority and giving instructions.
- Should share the ministries' vision, or have a vision, for the auxiliary.
TYPE OF WORK:
Helps were to assist the five fold where needed. This is seen as
Elisha waited (ministered) on Elijah, cooking his food, and washing his
hands, before Elisha received the double anointing.
Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus
Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus
which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
Notice in 1 Timothy 3, that Paul states guidelines for Bishops and deacons:
(1) deacons were for ministering to the needs of the poor, afflicted, or
widowed. They were not to "rule" nor appoint the five fold, but to
serve under them, even serving tables! See Acts 6:1-8. Note these
men were men of faith and of wisdom, honest and baptized in the Holy
they started as deacons. Stephen did great wonders and
miracles (Acts 6:8), acting probably as a evangelist and teacher.
Philip went on to be an evangelist.
(2) the "music ministry" is a ministry of helps.
II Kings 3:15-16
But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the
that the hand of the Lord came upon him.
And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches.
I Sam 16:23
And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul,
that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was
and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
(3) the gift of helps would include also include items like cleaning up the church,
moving the lawn, repairs, cooking, etc....
COMBINATION OF GIFTINGS:
Most likely gifts active in this work:
Motivational: Ministry (i.e., to serve others), give.
None (though a Five Fold minister can serve in Helps, Helps is
supposed to be assisting the Five Fold with their purpose)
Charismatic: Could be any one or any combination of.
- A heart's desire to "do" something "specifically".
- Does it with joy and commitment (passion).
- Encourages others to do...
- Joshua serving Moses
- Dorcas (Acts 9:36-39)
- Widows indeed (1 Tim 5:10)
- Deacons Stephen and Phillip, who were taking care of widows, orphans, poor.
- Hospital visitation (it is not the pastor's job, to pray for the sick, but to equip you to pray for the sick.)
ministry gift is a gift of giving. Giving out what God places in
you. The gift of healing is not for the possessor of the gift,
but for those to whom he ministers. The gift of prophet or
apostle is not for the possessor to receive those ministries, but to
dispense or distribute as the Spirit of God directs. God gives
gifts to the church. He stores those gifts in chosen reservoirs
(divinely selected ones) so that the gifts may flow out of them to
touch His people as He directs. The gift is not theirs, they are
but an executor of God's will, distributing the gifts of God as the
Spirit of God directs.
One minister illustrates the Ministry of Helps with the following acronym:
H - having
E - enough
L – loving
P - people
S - serving others
Having enough loving people serving others
aptly expresses the intent of the word "helps". Ministry takes
work when properly supplied. The more excellent the ministry, the
more work required to maintain the excellence. A vision cannot be
borne on the shoulders of just one. It carried by the hearts and
hands of many.
Helps would be defined as the act of giving or supplying aid,
assistance, remedy or relief as one who is actively involved in service
of or supply of assistance to another. A person not possessing
one of the Five Fold Ministry gifts who through their assistance,
service, aid, remedy, relief or direct intervention, make it possible
or easier for the one possessing the ministry gift to operate that gift.
God gifts the Minister of Helps with a special love I Corinthians 13
and submissive spirit so that they may give themselves in service to a
minister or ministry, performing whatever task possible to take the
load off that minister or ministry. To free up the hands of the one
they are helping; to lift up the weary hands of the one they are
helping. To remove stumbling blocks, traps or pitfalls from the one
they are helping; to cover with prayer and to provide a buffer or wall
of covering for the one they are helping.
Helps fills voids, performs tasks, carries burdens, defends, assists,
aids, remedies, repairs, covers, prepares and whatever else is
necessary to provide ease for the gifts of God to flow unfettered in
the Body of Christ, the local Church.
The Ministry of Helps is about serving, helping, following and
covering. It is work, but it provides great rewards. It is about
serving and assisting so ministry can take place in someone else's
life. It is about making an investment in the life and ministry
You are whatever you are today because of the service and commitment of
others through the ages. You are the recipient of their service
and their commitment of service. Will you now become a benefactor
for those who follow you? Will you make a place for others or
simply enjoy the place others have made for you?
Many ministers today are burdened with the day to day tasks required to
keep the ministry functioning. Ministers are familiar with all
the responsibilities and have become proficient at being all things to
all people, while covering every thing possible that can go wrong or
needs attention during a service. Interestingly enough, that is
not the mandate of their ministry. The call of the ministry is to
prayer and preaching of the word. God has made provision for the
many tasks that are required to keep the Church running efficiently and
it is called the Ministry of Helps
But we that are the Five Fold ministry must make room for, organize, train, and encourage the Body of Christ to be engaged and active in the function of Helps.
is the narrative of the beginning of the ministry of helps in the New
Testament Church. The ministry of waiting tables set the Apostles
free to do the work of the Gospel and was the beginning of bringing
order to the church. This is one of the foundational scriptures,
which demonstrates "helps" ministry in the New Testament Church.
A foundational example of the Ministry of Helps is found the Old
Testament. Joshua led a battle against Amalek. Moses covered the
battle as God's anointed leader with his hands lifted to the
Lord. As long as the Ministry of Helps provided by Aaron and Hur
physically held up Moses' hands, the spiritual work of ministry went
forth and the battle was successful, but if they had allowed Moses
hands to fall to his side, the battle would have been lost.
The Helps Ministry of Aaron and Hur allowed the plan and purpose of God
to be fulfilled through Moses and Joshua. One might ask which of
the ministries was most important.
Was it Moses who God had given the leadership over Israel? Was it
Joshua who was charged to do battle and win? Was it Aaron and Hur, who
provided support to Moses?
This is one of the great examples found in the scriptures of team ministry.