What do you hope to hand on to the next generation to help them be the Church? What is it that you really want them to know? Will you have more than a policy manual to give them? . . .
Policies can take on a life of their own. Soon we can start relying on and deferring to church polity over God and His power. But, it is God’s power than enables us to be the Church, not our policies. . . .
If spiritual gifts are special divine empowerments, then it only makes sense that we seek out people most appropriately gifted to do specific tasks involved in policy-making. This doesn’t minimize the role of prayer in developing and using policies. But, if people who have the spiritual gifts best suited for the varying aspects were involved, it pulls on God’s power in a different way. . . .
No area of church life is exempt from the need for God’s power to be at work. Finding people with the best fit for accomplishing specific tasks helps pull on His divine power. Tasks involved in policy making can be divided into determining what policies are needed, writing the policies, and then implementing the policies. In this post we will consider gifting good for writing the policies. In the next post we will look at their implementation. . . .
God designed the Church so all its members have a part. (For more on that: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:16) We’ve already noted how people with the spiritual gifts of discernment, knowledge, and/or wisdom can find a part in determining what polices are needed. We’ve considered how people with the gifts of exhortation, knowledge, teaching, helps, and/or service could all have a part in the writing of the policies. Now we want to turn our attention to who will have a part in their implementation. . . .
In many churches, church policies hold a lot of authority. After all, some might say, why write policies if you aren’t going to enforce them? But, when we try merely enforce policies, far too often it ends poorly. On the other hand, God’s authority supersedes all else. Shouldn’t we be turning to Him for how to handle situations? . . .