“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.” (1 Corinthians 12:28, KJV)
What is the ministry of helps? Quite simply, the ministry of helps is pretty basic. You’re helping out. how many church functions require someone to move tables and folding chairs? It seems like almost every one. So… jump in and move chairs and tables.
The people who have the God-given need to organize a food pantry for the needy… they need help. Volunteer and help them. Sometimes it’s just someone to help on the feeding or distribution days. If you’re one of the churches that actually makes lunches for the homeless, then… help! Ask what the person in charge wants done. Open a can of soup for them and get in on the stove. Or, more often, what they want is for you to get it OFF the stove before it burns!
Missionary helpsers? Believe it or not, one of the things missions needs is… someone to email them from time to time. When a missionary comes to the church to speak once a year (and eat some American food – some of the countries they go to, food is scarce, and often requires picking bugs out of it…), get their email address and try to dedicate one week a month to write to the missionary. Just one email a month! It helps.
THere’s always something to be done. And believe it or not, those “We have to move on Saturday, could somebody help” announcements… very often gets crickets, and a stressed out family stuck trying to move out in one day by themselves. Actually say “Yes” to that! Even just showing up for an hour helps a lot!