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In the NT, all the Corinthians ministered (Greek diakonein) to the saints in Jerusalem by their collection of the free-will offering (2 Cor 8-9). In the English language, from pre-Reformation times until the mid-twentieth century, ministry in an ecclesiastical context meant ordained ministry in its three orders. The movement of liturgical renewal and reform in the second half of the twentieth century reclaimed the earlier sense of the word, so that ministry once more denotes the life of service of all baptized persons. The Prayer Book Catechism states, "The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests and deacons" (p. 855). 

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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