Ministry is from the Greek word diakonía, meaning to serve.  In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in Jesus' name.  Jesus provided the pattern for Christian ministry — He came, not to receive service, but to give it [Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17].  Each of us, as a follower of Christ, is called to serve the needs of one another with love and humility.