Administration


Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:

first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers,

then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing,

those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages.

- 1 Corinthians 12:28

As Christians, God calls each of us to use the talents He has blessed us with. Some people are gifted in taking care of young children, others are great teachers, and some have the gift of administration.

All of these spiritual gifts are meant to build up the body of Christ, particularly in the way we serve in ministry and in our churches. The gift of administration is the ability to set goals, be organized, and lead in efforts to complete tasks. Someone with the gift of administration will do well in leading volunteers in the children’s ministry or welcome team, organizing and planning church events, or even leading a small group. The leadership that a person with the gift of administration has is very important in every aspect of the church’s function. Without proper direction, there is no progress, purpose, or unity.

I think it is easy to assume that having the gift of administration means that we must take on formal leadership roles when serving in the church; however, we can still exercise this gift.

Currently, I serve as a greeter at my church. I do whatever the team leaders tell me to do: brew more coffee, greet people coming into the church, be a resource at the welcome desk to new churchgoers, pass the offering buckets, or help with communion. While my role may seem small, I do have the freedom to give input on how to better organize the process and manage the team. Churches can provide the space to cultivate administrators, which includes the ability to speak up and give insight.

It is still important to remember that we are all gifted in different ways. I do not have to feel obligated to get involved in every area of the church where there is a need or start serving in the children’s ministry because all my friends are doing it. God has a specific place for each of us, and it is our duty to use our God-given gifts in a way that glorifies Him.

If you don’t know what your spiritual gifts are, ask those around you! Chances are, your friends or parents or mentors see your talents and how you can best serve the church. You may also be gifted in such a way that you can serve in different ministries. Test out serving in these areas and see where your talents can be cultivated. God will show you where you can grow and best meet needs in the church.

Reflection

1. Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? How can you use your gifts to serve in your church?

2. In what ways has comparison or people-pleasing kept you from using your spiritual gifts?

3. How can you better lead in the ministry roles you are currently in?

Prayer

Father, I thank You for the spiritual gift of administration. Show me where You want me to serve so that I can be a better leader. Give me the courage and boldness to get involved in ministry opportunities. I know that I can be used to build up the church and I want to use my talents for Your glory, Amen.

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