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.”