For those of you who don't understand, a ministry is defined as a Christian organization that helps a specific cause identified in the Bible.
So NAM is based on the biblical story of Noah and also refers to the Creation story where we are commanded to take care of all the creatures of the Earth. In today's terminology, NAM can help forge a stronger bond between humans and animals.
Some functions might be praying over dead soul of animals, watching over the young, give medical aide or to simply observe and learn from wild animals.
First, let me address the scoffers. "God is not an animalist!" or "God takes care of animals". More accurately, God is an animalist, a humanist, He loves plants, and He loves all his creations.
Sadly NAM is a myth. Christians will only help the human soul and it is assumed our human soul is better than the lifespan of animal. An arrogant statement considering we are sheep of the Lord. Our humble beginnings was from dust and from the clay God molded us. All this from Earth and all similar to the creation of other life.
Why is their denial for people to speak positively about animals in a Christian church?
Some might say its idolatry or worshipping animals in a godlike manner. To put in perspective, there's the Catholic story of Saint Francis of Assisi. When he was a priest, he heard about a wolf terrorizing a town and killing people. He went to the townspeople with his companion. They employ him not to go, but he goes to face the wolf. He leaves with his companion and finds the wolf. Father Francis says, "Although you have killed, God still loves you." He then blessed the wolf and called it Brother. For those of you who don't know, Catholics are Christians too, so in a sense the Church is validating animals are our brothers and sisters. But not much is spoke about animals in Church, despite them being part of being all our relations. As for the Protestants (who are Christians too), they have no animal ministries I'm aware of.
Watch the flood of denial and anger come from Christians. This is always the initial response. To think, God loves all his creation equally is appalling. Like my Pastor says, "Go with what the Bible says" And there are so many positive references to our brother and sister animals in the Bible. Instead of supporting your agenda and agreeing with your church, don't attack the concept but ponder just for a minute to consider what other Biblical references support NAM. Just for one lousy minute consider and don't attack, then when you have made up your mind (and prayed to God)let's hear your voice.