Every person who is a disciple of Jesus is in ministry. He or she may not do it vocationally, but God has called every believer to be a minister (which means servant) to those around. Sometimes we have unrealistic ideas of what ministering to people is like, and this often leads to discouragement.
I recently heard a message by James MacDonald called “The Pattern of Ministry,” which describes what we can expect individually and as a church if we are doing faithful ministry. It’s from a pastor’s conference, but has tremendous application for every believer. MacDonald is the pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, IL, which has been doing some aggressive church planting over the last few years. He’s a terrific Bible teacher and I found this message quite helpful and encouraging.