This research on the Church understood as a gift and its implications has its roots in questions that have emerged in my mind from a period of over fifteen years of experiences within the Church in Africa. Different occurrences in particular contexts of the Church left many unanswered questions in my mind not only about the identity and mission of the Church but also about the ministry within it. I will suggest that proper understanding and embracing of Gift offers a powerful way to address these situations. It also offers a way for the Church to understand itself not only relationally, but also help ministry regain its original identity of being agent but not an end in itself. Some ministers are full of themselves and their own ideologies with regard to the message of Jesus Christ and ultimately about God. Their failure to fully identify with Jesus Christ calls for a thorough explanation, with the intention to help correct it. I focus on the theological value of gift and how it is reflected in the Churchs being and ministry.