Every believer is a â€˜ministerâ€™, a priest, a preacher, a teacher. 2 I But, from within that priesthood of all believers, God raises up men to carry out a stated ministry. 3 Even so, while I now want to stress the need for a stated ministry, I do not want to give the impression that I limit â€˜preachingâ€™ to formal pulpit work. Indeed, I am most anxious that I should not say anything that might serve to enforce the institutional view of preaching â€“ namely, by a clergyman standing in a pulpit, lecturing a silent audience, often with a physical (and not only physical) gap between the two. This concept owes nothing to the New Testament, but everything to the inventions of the Fathers 1800 years ago.