~ ADMINISTRATION ~
The Bible is full of examples of effective leaders who had this spiritual gift:
“God gave Solomon great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge too vast to be measured” 1 Kings 4:29 (NLT).
“So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t have a worry in the world, except to decide what he wanted to eat!” Genesis 39:6 (NLT)
“Then the other administrators and princes began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling his affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize. He was faithful and honest and always responsible” Daniel 6:4 (NLT).
Some of us today have this gift and need to realize how awesome it can be for accomplishing God’s purposes. Others do not have the gift but can develop more of it, while appreciating those who do have it.
A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ~
Developing this gift and using it in balance means you have to:
1. Set godly goals.
I add the word “godly” because it is essential that we first find out what God wants us to do. He is really the director and master of our lives. We need to make sure we are following his agenda and not our own.
Some goals may be more specific than others. But make sure they are goals that can be measured. Make sure your goal is specific enough so you can tell whether you have achieved it or not.
Be Fruitful! Multiply! And, most certainly… Take Dominion!
After all, that’s very biblical; Jesus commanded us to be “fruitful” (see John 15:1-17).
We have grown an average of 75 percent per year. That goal determines what we do as a church to achieve it. We consistently reach out to our communities with hundreds of outreach pilot programs every year. Does that cost money? Of course it does. But if we hope to achieve the goal of growth, we have to do something to achieve it.
2. Cast vision for the godly goals you have set.
It is important that people in your church know why you have set the goal. Explain the biblical foundation for the goal and what God has spoken to your heart. When people understand, then they can support it.
It is the leader’s job to set the tone and direction for the church.
Some will oppose it. Not everyone will buy into the vision.
But your job is to inspire as many as possible to understand and support. Jesus constantly cast vision with his disciples. He would often say, “This is what the kingdom of God is like….” Then, he would tell a parable.
3. Look for people who will help you achieve those goals.
Very few goals can be achieved single-handedly. Make sure the people who are going to help implement goals are people who share your vision and have the skills necessary for achieving them. Nothing is worse than someone trying to achieve a goal without sharing the vision, or lacking the abilities. In fact, it is better not to do something at all than to have it done poorly.
I’m not saying you don’t sometimes just need “warm bodies” to fill certain areas. But for major ministry goals, it is essential to have people who will help you achieve those goals instead of deter you.
4. Remember that the administrative gift is designed to help people.
I understand that you can’t allow people to control the vision of the church. That’s the leader’s job. But we leaders always have to remember that love must be the foundation. As the apostle Paul said, “The greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Even when we disagree, people must understand that we love them. Even when some don’t believe it, we must know that we have done everything in a spirit of love.
Administration is a spiritual gift. God uses it to advance his kingdom on this earth. We must either develop this gift ourselves or ask God to lead us to someone who has this gift, so God’s kingdom can move forward where we minister.EVANGELICAL ALUMNI FOUNDATION