The Scriptural Foundation for Ushering
Ushering in your local church involves much more than shaking hands and shining your shoes. Some churches think that ushers are just bucket passers, so they grab anybody to pass the bucket. “Let’s just grab ol’ Larry when he comes walking in. Let’s just get anybody.” You don’t want to get just anybody, because you don’t want an anybody offering. You have been selected as an usher; you are in the ministry of helps, employed by Almighty God.
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, HELPS, governments, diversities of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:28
Many people have never noticed the ministry of helps in the Bible. They have noticed apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles, gifts of healings, tongues and interpretation. But when it comes to helps and governments, many people say, “I must have blinked and missed that one.” They blinked because “helps” didn’t sound very important.
But God has set the ministry of helps into the Church. You as an usher in your church, fall within the ministry of helps category.
This Scripture reveals several important truths:
1.Your ministry is ordained and anointed by God Himself. You have been divinely set in the Church for a purpose. 2.Your ministry in helps is just as important as other leadership offices such as the apostle and prophet. 3.It is a supernatural ministry like miracles and healing.
The word helps comes from the Greek word intilepsis or antilempsis which means “a laying hold of, an exchange… lay hold of, so as to support.” Its literal meaning is “one who gives assistance.” Helps describes “one of the ministrations in the local church, by way of rendering assistance, perhaps especially of help ministered to the weak and needy.”
In other words, if you are helping anyone in the church or assisting the weak and needy, you are operating in the ministry of helps.
Is Ushering Biblical?
Envisioning an usher usually conjures up an image of a white-shirted, gloved man wandering through a movie theatre with a flashlight. Church people think of bucket-passers and hand-shakers, but the Bible reveals ushers to be trusted men who handle the many details of ruling and serving God’s people. The Greek word diakonos used in First Timothy 3:8 and throughout the New Testament describes the first deacons in the church. Their responsibilities included waiting on tables, feeding widows in the church and relieving the church leaders from the encumbering details of daily church operation. Today the office of deacon is most commonly filled by the usher.
Just like first century deacons, today’s deacons rarely hold policy-making power. Their commission entails faithfully carrying out the desires and instructions of the pastor through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Remember the biblical account in Acts regarding the disciples’ search for men to 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. Acts 6:3-5
This passage in Acts 6 sets the divine pattern for ushering in the Church. If Stephen was known and chosen because he was full of faith and the Holy Ghost, how much more should you strive for this status and reputation?
But Stephen didn’t stop there:
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Acts 6:8...