The Greek word διάκονος or diakonia is translated as both “ministry” and “service.” This same word is the one that describes “serving” the tables in Acts 6:2 AND describes the “ministry” of the Word in Acts 6:4.
In the first case, the service is directed towards the Hellenist widows. In the second case, the service is directed first towards God. They are both service; they are both ministry.
We must not create a false dichotomy between service and ministry. In Ephesians 4:11-12, Jesus “gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers to equip the saints for the work of diakonia…” The work of ministry/service is done by the saints!
We value the priesthood of all believers at HRock Church, because each one is called to follow Christ’s model of humble service.
Jesus encountered His disciples quarrelling over who might have the greatest position of authority in the Kingdom. His response to them:
You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant (diakonos), and whoever would be first among you must be your bondservant, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matt. 20:25-28
Jesus didn’t think that serving was beneath Him! Nor must we. He even washed His disciples’ dusty feet—an act that was usually carried out by a house servant. Jesus demonstrated His authority through service, a truly counter-cultural act.
At HRock we believe in servant leadership. As Bill Johnson says, “We are to serve as kings and to reign as servants.”