What is the ministry of the church? Of a church leader? Of a church member? What does it take to minister effectively for Christ? What are the right motivations for doing ministry? How do you deal with critics in ministry?
These are pressing questions for the church today. They were no less pressing in first-century Corinth. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians could accurately be termed a handbook on church ministry. The apostle wrote the letter in response to specific problems that had developed in the congregation—problems that manifested themselves in attacks on his authority, motives, and methods as a minister. Paul’s defense of his ministry in 2 Corinthians gives believers today insight into the nature and practice of Christian ministry.