Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:
I think many people consider administration to be a kind of necessary evil and on that is often viewed as synonymous with red tape, paper work, bureaucracy, pencil pushers and big government. At the same time, it’s hard to imagine living without administration since it’s what what keeps an organization, business, government, and even the church, smoothly functioning from day to day and moving towards its mission and goals. Yes, administration can become bloated and ineffective, but without it our ability to work together as larger groups of people becomes extremely challenged and limited.
Good administration is essential for congregations and for the Church as Christ’s body. As the side picture indicates, it is “ad ministry,” and one that the apostle Paul also defines as a spiritual gift (I Corinthians 12:28). Both the church and the world need people serving Christ, his body and our neighbours who have this gift. We need pastors and other church leaders who are administratively knowledgeable with at least basic skills in administration. And of course, we need Christian serving in the world whose vocation is administration. Like all other vocations and ministries, administration can support the Christ’s mission in the world, so that each part of the body works properly (Ephesians 4:16) around one heart and one mind (Acts 4:32).
Church administration assists the body of Christ in managing personal and organizational resources. It is responsible for such areas of ministry as communication, finance, personnel, and facility. Administrators are also integral to the church in assisting members to discover and use their spiritual gifts for ministry. I believe it is essential that the church needs administrative knowledge and skills around strategic planning, governance and how to prioritize the many expectations we as pastors face every day.
If you have this gift or if its part of your vocation, you are an essential part of Christ’s body. May God bless you in your ministry and may you be a blessing to those you serve.
Grace be with you,