...If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies,
hat in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ,
to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
(I Peter 4:11)
The altar can be at any place (in the home, on the street, in the car...etc) where ministry is needed. The altar more typically is the area between the front row and the pulpit in the Church. Peter wrote for us to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15). At the altar some stand crying out to God, asking questions from their spirit or weeping because of intense pain or hurt that only God knows about. As a worker at the altar, we are moved by compassion to intercede, comfort, and encourage.
Altar workers are called to minister life (not death) and not choking them with too much Bible but rather encourage them onto a different (repentant) path. We remember that those who come to the altar are there for prayer and guidance. We are called to minister peace out of a pure motive of pleasing Christ Jesus.
By talking simply, positively, we minister faith (not doctrine), encouragement (not condemnation), and compassion (not harshness).
Each altar worker is motivated to know the basic Scriptures of salvation and encouragement. Whether memorized or marked in the Bible, each worker should also have a "key" starting Scripture. This will give each person at the altar a starting point to read in the Bible.
The Altar Worker Ministry is a key part of spiritual renewal and restoration. This ministry extends beyond regular church service by praying over the phone, emailing or texting to stay in contact and to encourage them to be in attendance for regular church services and various fellowships.
The Role of an Altar Worker...
is a very important position and is a "ministry of service". An Altar Worker is a "servant," ready, willing and able to serve the Body of Christ. The Altar Worker Ministry is a "Front Line" Ministry where altar workers serve, assist and work first hand with the Pastor Sullivan McGraw, visiting pastors, evangelist, leaders and other clergy.
More importantly, altar workers labor first hand with souls (individuals who are receiving ministry) after giving their lives to Christ for the first time, assuring their salvation or rededication. Altar workers serve and interact with people during prayer, salvation, rededication, deliverance, healing, etc.
The alter experience is very important as it provides individuals a chance for a new beginning. The emphasis on the preached sermon is to bring individuals into a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Each Altar Worker...
can show clear evidence of salvation, exhibits a genuine concern for others and a passion for helping others. In establishing a relationship with someone at the altar, each worker is encouraged to keep information confidential. They are also committed to have a strong prayer life, study God's Word, fasting and regular church attendance.
And lastly, each altar worker displays submission to God, the senior pastor and other church leadership.