Living Organism Needs Organization

God likens the Church to the human body, a living organism. Just as the human body needs organization to function in accordance with the way God designed it, so does the Church. Read the following to add to this understanding:

How Does Organization Help the Church Function as a Living Organism?

Church as Living Organism Has Organization

Living organisms have a purpose that requires them to function a certain way. Organization provides a plan, or process, for living in accordance with our purpose.

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Rom. 12:4-5)

But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. (1 Cor. 12:18)

… grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:16)

Ask: Does our organizational planning help us better accomplish our purpose by helping members identify and do their part?

Living organisms need an integration of its parts into the whole. When members do not do their part for the good of the whole, the Body is lacking in some way. Organization provides coordination.

so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. (1 Cor. 12:25)

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Rom. 12:4-5)

Ask: Do our organizing efforts bring us together or actually serve to fragment the Body?

Living organisms need to be growing. If they aren’t growing, they’re dying. Organization provides structure for growth. With Christ as the Head of the Church, leaders equip members to do their parts and the Body grows and builds itself up in love (Eph. 4:15-6).

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Eph. 4:11-13)

Ask: Is our organizational structure helping us grow or simply maintain status quo?

Let’s make sure organization helps us experience Body life, not hinder us from being that living organism God designed us to be.

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