When I first came across the phrase "teaching how to minister" at a charismatic gathering, I assumed they were referring to Christian ministry - i.e. the taking of responsibility for an aspect of Christian communal life. It might have meant learning pastoral care, how to give a talk, leading or planning a service of worship, visiting, or helping or leading a community in discerning God's call and putting it into action.
However, it didn't. Rather surprisingly (at the time) 'ministry' in this context had a very narrow meaning indeed - it referred to what I can only describe as the administering of a particular form of prayer by one or more people to another. Prayer inviting the Holy Spirit, laying on hands, and seeking prompting from God as to issues that might lie behind the presenting symptoms.
A 'time of ministry' (another frequent phrase) refers to a period set aside, usually at the end of a talk or worship for a group of people to offer this form of prayer to anyone who wishes to take it up. So far, so good. I've participated myself.
My problem with New Wine was that every meeting had to end with such a session, and the associated expectation of a spiritual / emotional / personally transformational experience. It seemed particularly weird at the end of Elaine Storkey's address, which had much more socio-political content. Surely a more appropriate response to the Holy Spirit at that point might have been to pledge something, like: join a community association, work for an issue of social justice, help to run a project, write to people to get stuff done, etc. Surely we've got to have a bigger vision of encountering and responding to God?
From another very different theological perspective, I also recall what an old Anglo-Catholic priest once said about always ending meetings with a short communion service. "Chips with everything" he complained, even though his personal spirituality held the eucharist as central. He felt it was demeaning of something which could and should be precious to do it mechanistically after every churchy gathering just because you felt you ought to. I can't help feeling the same about "times of ministry". By their nature they should be arranged as and when appropriate and probably spontaneously.
Ironic that a form of Christian spirituality which has arisen from the spontaneous exuberance should become so ritualised in its format. Perhaps I'm getting cynical in my old age.