Meaning of ministry in English:

ministry

Pronunciation /ˈmɪnɪstri/

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nounministries

  • 1(in certain countries) a government department headed by a minister.

    ‘the Ministry of Defence’
    • ‘Since arriving in China on Monday, Nowak has met with vice minister-level officials from the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Public Security.’
    • ‘During Zhu's term, the Chinese government abolished 61 separate ministries and departments and laid off more than 1.15 million officials.’
    • ‘Also coming out of the summit was a plan to reorganize government ministries, affecting 15 ministries and 156 associated departments.’
    • ‘The document is the result of extensive consultation with government ministries and departments and other public and private sector organisations.’
    • ‘This country has a strange culture whereby Government departments and ministries puff out their chests, depending on how much public funds they spend.’
    • ‘The recommendations of these Parliaments have been tabled to the relevant Government ministries and departments for consideration.’
    • ‘Those Ministers are a risk to them, so if the Minister of State Services and the Government can roll those ministries into a bigger department, then that is fine.’
    • ‘A National Policy Agency official on loan to the ministry, and a health ministry official on loan to the Cabinet Office will also take part, the officials said.’
    • ‘In short, the reforms were an effort to bring under scrutiny the activities of all Government ministries and departments through the supreme law making body of the country, Parliament.’
    • ‘Iraq's interior ministry says that the American, a Sri Lanka and two Arab nationals were kidnapped from their office in western Baghdad today.’
    • ‘At the end of 2001, the provincial environment ministry issued four orders against the city of Hamilton for allowing discharges into the Red Hill Creek.’
    • ‘The reporters' expedition to the site was organised by the Iraqi information ministry to document what it called American war ‘crimes’.’
    • ‘In 1893 Austria's ministry of culture commissioned the artists Gustav Klimt and Franz Matsch to decorate the Great Hall of the University of Vienna.’
    • ‘As chairman of the Cabinet of ministers the prime minister is ultimately held responsible by the press and the public for what happens in each ministry represented in his Cabinet.’
    • ‘The movement's leader was the only one who could elect the head of the parliamentary group, the Parliament itself, the heads of ministries, and the prime minister.’
    • ‘There will be three deputy prime ministers, and three new ministries will be created - state administration, sports and youth, and energy and energy resources.’
    • ‘After each question, the prime minister directed questions concerning a certain ministry over to that particular minister to answer.’
    • ‘The IGC appointed ministers to head the major ministries last summer, but never appointed a prime minister.’
    • ‘He called on the scrap metal dealers to liaise with his ministry if they had any outstanding contracts that needed to be met.’
    government department, department, bureau, agency, office
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  • 2usually in singular The work or vocation of a minister of religion.

    ‘he is training for the ministry’
    • ‘The story is that as Hays struggled over his choice of vocation, the ministry or politics, the church and politics fought over him.’
    • ‘We also discussed why Marian decided to train for the ministry, and her training so far.’
    • ‘Does a decline in the social status of the ministry as a profession weaken recruitment?’
    • ‘I've heard it argued that it shouldn't be easier for a priest to leave the active ministry than it is for laypeople to end their marriages.’
    • ‘The chapters cover topics such as: worship, Bible versions, the ministry, elders and deacons, moaners and groaners, problems in the church, and revival.’
    • ‘I encountered Maritain in this his last book while studying for the Episcopal ministry in 1969.’
    • ‘He came to a personal faith in Jesus Christ in 1976 and has served in the Christian ministry for 23 years.’
    • ‘The essential apostolic office is that of the bishop, an office intimately associated with the person and ministry of Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘Love for God and neighbor, as lived out in the ministry of Jesus, specifies and constitutes freedom as Christians understand it.’
    • ‘His entire Christian life and ministry revolved around visible churches.’
    • ‘Will Willimon is dean of the chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University.’
    • ‘I think there are going to continue to be men and women called to ministry as God would call him.’
    • ‘Fr. Dunne, since moving to Tinryland in 1989, became very well respected in the parish for his pastoral and caring ministry.’
    • ‘And Vernon Presley, Elvis' dad said Elvis felt a call toward ministry.’
    • ‘Many times church leaders or pastors may say that a ministry's goal is to change lives.’
    • ‘The church ministry is now divided according to different age groups and administered by the pastor and six deacons elected by the congregation.’
    • ‘The office traces its origins to the New Testament church, where the ministry of Stephen and others is described in the Acts of the Apostles as their diaconia.’
    • ‘In short, black women are important in the life of the church and in the ministry.’
    • ‘The antidote to this is for committed lay people, men and women, to be included in the ministry of the church.’
    • ‘But the most important result is that, in a divided Church, ministry is not efficacious.’
    holy orders, the priesthood, the cloth, the church
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    1. 2.1The period of tenure of a minister of religion.
      ‘a tablet in the church commemorates his ministry there’
      • ‘In the decades that followed his death, out of the circle of 12 that had accompanied him during his three years of ministry, 10 would die a martyr's death.’
      • ‘Periodically in my ministry, we have done worship planning with groups of lay people.’
      • ‘It was there that he lived during the time of the ministry and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.’
      • ‘During the time of His ministry, Jesus Christ lived in northern Galilee, at Capernaum, a short distance north from Magdala along the shore of the sea.’
    2. 2.2The spiritual work or service of a Christian or a group of Christians, especially evangelism.
      ‘a ministry of Christian healing’
      • ‘Selian is a health-care ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.’
      • ‘He views this as a lay ministry of evangelism as Christian and Turks intermingle within the conflicts of war.’
      • ‘Care Net is a U.S.-based evangelical Christian ministry that was featured in a W5 / CTV documentary last year.’
      • ‘Not too long ago I became involved with Drug-ARM, a Christian street evangelism ministry.’
      • ‘He then nominated his good friend, Billy Graham, to be field evangelist for the new ministry.’
      • ‘But no, there's no discussion whatsoever of moving Habitat away from being a Christian ministry.’
      • ‘I was shocked to see that you consider yourself a Christian ministry.’
      • ‘He heads a creation ministry, the Christian Center for Science and Apologetics.’
      • ‘He said: ‘The village needs a place of evangelical ministry and the Baptist Chapel is the place for that.’’
      • ‘Fairbairn entered the ministry of the Evangelical Union in Scotland.’
      • ‘In 1996, I heard about a Christian ministry that was distributing a recording from Israel of some traditional Hebrew songs.’
      • ‘Others present awards to volunteers who are concluding service in a ministry.’
      • ‘It is a Christian ministry, and all the counselors are expected to sign a statement of faith.’
      • ‘Next year will mark fifty years of evangelical ministry at the church.’
      • ‘I wonder if their passion for Christian ministry is being reframed by the instrumental, entrepreneurial drive of the business world.’
      • ‘W.T.F. is an evangelical, Pentecostal ministry that believes in the full Bible, rightly divided.’
      • ‘Dr Long is also Executive Director of Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International, a North Carolina-based Christian training ministry.’
      • ‘This article in the Belfast Telegraph gives a good example of what kind of people they are-protecting Ulster by intimidating a woman working for a Christian ministry.’
      • ‘Oh, you can't really do that when you're in ministry.’
      • ‘Colenso continued his successful Zulu ministry, creating a schism that lasted until 1911.’
      teaching, preaching, evangelism
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  • 3(in certain countries) a period of government under one prime minister.

    ‘Gladstone's first ministry was outstanding’
    • ‘After the death of Canning and the failure of the Goderich ministry, Wellington became prime minister in January 1828.’
    • ‘In his first ministry from 1868 to 1874, Gladstone implemented many government reforms.’
    • ‘Governments in the faction period were usually short-lived; a ministry which lasted 12 months had done well.’
    period of office, term, term of office, administration, incumbency
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  • 4rare mass noun The action of ministering to someone.

    ‘the soldiers were no less in need of his ministry’
    • ‘But he also asked for help from the same people in the square to pray for him, to give him enough strength to continue in this ministry.’
    • ‘Finally, he upheld patriarchy while delegating ministry and discipline even to women and children.’
    • ‘But in general, church ministry is ministry to people who need help desperately - not to people who work.’
    • ‘I was impressed with the pastor, interested in the church's ministry to the poor, and cajoled by a daughter whose best friend was a member.’

Origin

Middle English (in ministry (sense 2 of the noun)): from Latin ministerium, from minister (see minister).