LOVE TABERNACLE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
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.
How Does One Get Started in the Ministry of Helps?:
In the business community there is a saying, "find a void and fill
it." It is that simple to get started. There are no
shortages of opportunities to assist the Man of God, the Woman of God;
the People of God, the Work of God or the fulfilling of the Vision
delivered through the Minister of God. Very often, you will find
yourself drawn to a need in the Body. Depending on your Church
organization, you may find others are busy working in the area you are
drawn to. You will have this compulsion to join them. At
other times you may see a need no one if addressing. Never the
less, you are drawn to "help" in this area. The greatest enemy of
those who are drawn to "helps" is waiting for someone to tell
you…help! If you are sensitive to the Holy Spirit, you will see
"need" everywhere. The parking lot needs to have trash picked up,
the church needs the lawn mowed or the bush trimmed or flowers
planted. The hostesses need help serving lunches. The Pastors
wife needs some one to baby-sit or help clean her house once a
week. The Pastors grass needs to be cut, their car needs to be
washed. The church office needs to be cleaned and trash
We are referred to Proverbs 18:16: which reads, "A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men."
Every Christian is called to the "helps" ministry. It is our
service to God. Accepting this fact allows your gift to make room
for you. Your responsibility to put your hand and help in any
capacity you can. Often we find individuals have natural talent
that is useful in the Church, at other times, you may feel led to do
something for which you feel unqualified to do. Listen to the
drawing of the Holy Spirit and trust that inward witness.
Following are some things to consider about submission, service and helps ministry.
A. Attitude -
Matthew 25:40 "As you have done unto the least of these you've done it
to Me." Serving anyone in the Kingdom of God is serving
God. Helps ministers always think about ways to serve others!
B. Invest -
Luke 16:10 "If one is faithful in the little things they can be trusted
with more." Faithfulness brings promotion in the ministry!
C. Work -
Ecclesiastes 9:10 "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your
might." Helps ministers find and fill a void submitting
themselves to the task!
D. Duplicate -
Philippians 4:9 "What you've learned, received, heard and seen in me,
practice these things." Helps ministers become disciples
and then disciple others!
E. Will and Submission
- Isaiah 1:19 "If you are willing and obedient you will eat the good of
the land." Helps ministers are first willing, then obedience
F. Reward -
Hebrews 6:10 "For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the
labor of love which you have shown, toward His name, in having
ministered and in still ministering to the saints." Helps
ministers always have a payday. God rewards are so much greater
than the worlds!
Ephesians 6:7 "with good will render service, as to the Lord, and not
to men." This allows us to serve and not be easily offended or
provoked. When we perform this labor of love in the cause of the
ministry we know the God who sees in private will reward us openly.
The Ministry of Helps is work done by you to alleviate the load on
others, to bring order, to stop confusion, to promote the vision, and
to fill a need. The easiest way to learn is find a servant and
duplicate their labor of love. Develop an attitude of serving,
helping and supporting others in the cause of ministry, and willingness
to serve in submission to authority and the vision. There is a
spiritual hook up when one is willing, obedient and submissive.
Serve as unto the Lord.
The Ministry of Helps described in 1 Corinthians 12:28
is entered into when one realizes there is a ministry gifting of God to
help others fulfill their ministry - to ease their load - to take busy
work out of their way - to honor them by serving them. In so
doing, the Minister of Helps becomes a joint partaker in the rewards of
all the ministry they serve accomplishes.
Think of Helps as God's Love manifest thru you in your work of service. Serving opportunities include:
- Prayer and intercessory ministry
- Praise team ministry
- Sound and equipment ministry
- Tape ministry
- Greeters ministry
- Ushers ministry
- Children's Church ministry
- Facility - (1) presentation ministry and (2) maintenance ministry
- Church office ministry
- Publications ministry (books and Internet)
- Translation ministry (audio and video)
Follow Spiritual Authority:
Spiritual authority and submission to that authority is essential to
our success as ministers of HELPS. I cannot be effective helping
the authority if I am fighting, distracting, or rebelling (changing the
instructions) against the authority. There are five basic levels
of spiritual authority in the local church. They are:
- Your first level of submission is to Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, which includes the Godhead.
- Your second level of submission is to your Pastor; the Shepherd God has given for your growth and development as a Disciple.
third level of submission is to the department head your Pastor has set
in place to give order to the Church. The Pastor has given "delegated
authority" or the extension of his ministry to the department
leadership. That authority is respected in the same manner as the
- Your fourth level of submission is to those in the Body of Christ who you have been called to serve and love.
- And finally you submit to yourselves for the word says, "to him who knoweth to do right and does it not, to him, it is sin".
is not good for man (either male or female) to work alone, that is why
He is sending you to help, and be helped by others around you.
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
We are called to undergird and strengthen the ship, local church or ministry that God has put us in.
Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.
1 Cor 12:28
is setting you (ordaining, which means to set in place) to a certain
work or help unto His Body, the Church of the Living God.
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.
need God's grace (capability) to help us, even to help us help
others. Ask God for His grace for what He is calling you to do in
your local church.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
1 Chron 12:17-18
to the man of God over you, and let them know you are there to
help. Then obey where the man of God sets you. Or if there
are auxiliaries with heads setup, go to the person in charge of
the area that you feel lead to work in, and commit to help them.
And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me,
mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to
mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our
fathers look thereon, and rebuke it. Then the spirit came upon Amasai,
who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on
thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to
thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and
made them captains of the band.
The seeds you sow in service to others will determine the crop you
harvest or reap in life and in your ministry when you are
promoted. Sow a good, honest and sincere seed of serving the
minister or ministry of God you are called to, and you can expect a
multiplied crop of the same kind coming to you.
Many ministers failed to serve another minister before entering into
their own ministry and so they have no harvest of the helps ministry
serving them. The Law of SeedTime and Harvest applies because
they planted no seeds of service to other ministries; they have no
It is important to note here that the current notion of going to a
seminary or bible school and then establish yourself in a ministry is
flawed. It is true that preparation and study of the Word of God
is primary and needful. What is also needful is submitting to the
process of becoming first a disciple and submitting to those who can
mentor and grow us up into spiritual maturity. Gaining a keen sense of
spiritual authority; which provides a covering and a spiritual father
who can speak into our life. Then investing a time of service in the
"helps" ministry within our local church. There is no replacement
for solid on the job training (OJT) before one is launched into their
ministry. We see so many young Pastors and ministers struggling
today because they have not received the fullness of the preparation
needed for the five fold ministry. We have ample examples in
Elijah and Elisha, Jesus and the disciples, Paul and Timothy,
etc. The community of Israel was obsessed with the notion of
mentoring. Fathers taught their sons.
One must serve others well to be served. Once again, no servant
of God is called to stand-alone. Others are commissioned of God
to minister unto and on behalf of the servant of the Lord. There
is great reward in serving the servant of the Lord.
Do not become weary in well doing. A servant and an automobile
have an element in common. An automobile will usually start to
miss and skip before it finally quits and shuts down. If you
start to skip and miss in your service to others you are in danger of
failing and quitting. God loves faithfulness. He is
faithful to you, and cannot deny Himself. So be faithful to Him,
and to be His Loving Hands helping others. Be blessed.
(Note: Much of the material for the Helps section is taken from
"The Ministry of Helps" manual, by the House of the Lord Fellowship
Church, in Austin, TX. May God richly bless them for their stand
of "freely we have received, freely we give".)