Often known as pastoral* ministry, it refers to Christian service to the faithful. Ministries are also offices in the Church (formerly known as "Minor Orders"). They include Reader (which allows one to officially read the Sacred Scriptures in the liturgical assembly) and Acolyte (which allows one to act officially as server at the altar during the Mass).
The office, duties, responsibilities, functions, of ordained members of the clergy and support personnel as they promote the exercise of religion. In the Navy and Marine Corps, ministry is provided to military members and their families and dependents to encourage and promote the free exercise of religion among sea services personnel.
Ministry is the use of a person's gifts and talents, time and energy, in the service of others. It involves the exercise of roles designated by the Church to fulfil its mission in different works of service, such as in worship, teaching, leadership, the sacraments, welfare, and stewardship.
A cabinet Minister's complete area of responsibility (or portfolio) as defined by legislation. Each ministry consists of a department and, in many cases, several regulated funds and agencies. The Legislative Assembly does not vote on spending by regulated funds and agencies.
An administrative unit, also referred to as a department, dedicated to a specific federal program, service or policy area. This term is also used to refer generally to the government-of-the-day; for example, the First Ministry under Sir John A. Macdonald governed from 1867 to 1873.
the entire body of ministers in the government, encompassing Cabinet Ministers and any ministers not included in the Cabinet. (In some provinces, the term refers to a minister's department of state and is used in place of the term department.)
Influential members of the majority political party in the parliament are given the task of managing Public Service departments that are responsible for carrying on the business of running the country. They are appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister.