But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
The word “minister” comes from the same word meaning “to serve”. Hence, a minister is a servant, a ministry is a service, and to minister is to serve. This is the same context that Paul writes that He is the servant, or slave of Christ. As Jesus said, he who wishes to be the greatest in the Kingdom will be the servant, the slave, of all.
The position of ministry is never one of exalting oneself over another, but rather the serving of another, and being their slave in the Lord. A minister could be viewed as someone who has something of God so that he has been designated, by God, to help other people find Him as well. A servant, a slave, never works on his own behalf, for his own name or recognition, but only and always for that of his master, his steward and keeper.