The Parish Ministry Team (PMT)
The Parish Ministry Team Program
“See that you fulfill the ministry which you have received in the Lord”
What is a “Parish Ministry Team”?
Parish Ministry Team (PMT) is a group of volunteers within a parish that is dedicated to serving Christ by assisting the pastor in ministering to the needs of the parish and larger community. Jesus teaches us to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. By His works, He has provided us with numerous examples and directives of how to love and serve. It is through our active participation on a PMT that we are “doers of the word and not hearers only” (James1:22)
An essential element of this volunteer program is the motivation for doing it! As Christ has reached out to us, we must reach out to each other in love. Since we are created in the likeness and image of God, we are then created in and by His love. It is through His love that we move out of ourselves and toward each other. For “we are God’s fellow workers”(1 Corinthians 3:9). All of us are encouraged to use our God-given talents in His service.
The Goal of the Program: Total Parish Involvement.
The goal of the “Parish ministry Team” program is Total Parish Involvement. St. Paul teaches us that “there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1Corinthians 12:4-7).
Parish Ministry Teams are in no way intended to replace already existing organisations within the parish-these too have their specific mission. Rather, PMTs are intended to bring parishioners together from throughout the parish and develop a common ministry through the sharing of their gifts. PMTs will allow parishioners of all ages to come together in a common focus.
Each of us has a special God-given gift and each of us is called to serve. “Let us not waste our time in idle talk. Let us each see to our own ministries for the edification of the Church and in so doing glorify the Lord.” Within the Parish Ministry Team, these different gifts of the Spirit are realised for the common good. “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be servant to all. For the Son of Man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43-45). The Spirit enables us to live the Orthodox Faith in Christ through Worship, Witness, Service and Fellowship.
Examples of Parish Ministry Teams.
It is through the Parish Ministry Team that different groups of volunteers organize their efforts and focus their work. Many different Parish Ministry Teams can exist, such as follows:
Christian Education Ministry
Ministry to Newcomers
Program/Resource Development Ministry
Ministry to the Sick and the Shut-Ins
Ministry to the Elderly
Ministry to the Dying
Sacred Music Ministry
Parish Facilities Ministry
Ministries for Spiritual Healing.
Why should we create Parish Ministry Teams?
1-They bear witness to the gifts of the Spirit.
2-They exist for the edification of the Church.
3-They renew and extend the fellowship, witness, and service of the worshipping
4-They provide for the cooperation of the laity with the pastor and bear witness to the
mission of the Church.
5-They are a way to use the different talents within a parish and thereby allow
renewal and self-evangelisation.
6-They result in greater community presence.
7-They can create possibilities for further cooperation between and among parishes.