Romans 12 (Does your church look like this?)
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
This is the seminal New Testament teaching on the church and the Christian ministry. Indeed it defines the church as the Christian ministry, and Christian ministry as what takes place in the church. Other major passages bearing on the Christian ministry include I Corinthians 12, I Corinthians 14, and Ephesians 4.
By no means is this the only passage in the New Testament that supports Thomas Hughes Milner's description of the Christian ministry. But it is seminal or controlling in that all NT teachings concerning church function and order, without exception, harmonize with it. Click here for 42 questions about, concerns with, or objections against the plain teaching of Romans 12:3-8.