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In my Minister’s Letters last year, I was unpacking the “Values” in St Michael’s “Vision 2020” statement. We got up to #8. So here’s the ninth on that list of things we try to value:
This value flows from passages of Scripture that speak of the church being the body of Christ. Many different parts, but all needed!
A whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 12 is devoted to this topic. Or you might just consider Romans 12:4-8, which begins…
4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
It then goes on to mention various gifts people might have – by no means an exhaustive list – including diligent leadership. Here are some results regarding initiative in leadership and use of gifts by our members, from the 2016 NCLS (National Church Life Survey):
I find that encouraging, because it shows progress but room for more.
Here’s a couple of extra thoughts… Firstly, character is more important than capability. Capability gets you into the room. Character keeps you there.
I always remember the time a Pentecostal leader, who really valued spiritual gifts and creative arts, said he’d pick an average but godly musician over a proud professional for their church band every time!
Leadership is also about how you conduct yourself, more than recognition in a formal role. You can always notice a need and meet it before you’re ever put on a roster.
I was coaching a young bloke as a potential church leader. He asked how to assess himself against the requirement that a leader manage his own household well (1 Tim 3:4-5) since he was a single guy in a share house. Now he’d been having a whinge about his flatmates never being home and not sharing the chores. He said, “I can’t just appoint myself head of the house!” I suggested he could still display initiative. “Hey guys, it’s been a while since we talked. Can I buy you pizza this week? Let’s catch up and see how we all are…”
I love it when I hear of people having a go. No church can do everything. But there are so many things you can do as a Christian, in your church, as well as beyond, without needing to get permission.
But keep measuring yourself by God’s Word above all else.
Warmly in Christ,