One of the most dramatic changes introduced recently into the everyday vocabulary of members of the Church has been the shift away from perceiving ourselves as teachers and moving toward reconceiving ourselves as ministers. Although true teaching has always been personal and focused on the one, the idea of teaching sometimes can be reduced to just the delivery of information, which can take on a somewhat mechanical character or impersonal tone. The word minister, however, carries with it a sense of sensitive, heartfelt service.
All of this got me wondering what ministering might have to do with our intellectual gifts in general and with this issue of BYU Studies Quarterly in particular. And I think the answer is, a lot. Without exception, the following pages are written in a ministering mode–of ministers, by ministers, and for those to whom they minister.