Policy Making & the Big Picture

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Policy MakingThe Great Commission provides the big picture that should be behind policies.

The Great Commission begins, “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me'” (Matt. 28:18).

The Big Picture Issue: His authority

In drafting policies we must get beyond what we think is the right thing to do. We must always remember that He is Lord. His ways are right. His ways are best.

Questions to ask:

  • Have we prayed about it first?
  • Have we studied God’s Word for commands or principles that apply?
  • Have we prayed before and during the process of writing the policies?
  • Have we prayed for the implementation of the policies?

The Great Commission continues, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20).

The Big Picture Issue: His mission

When determining what kinds of policies need to be developed we must get beyond how it effects our own church. We must think about the Church Universal and the world around us. We must consider our testimony.

Questions to ask:

  • Are we open to coordinating with other churches which might include the use of our facilities, time, and resources?
  • If non-believers were to read through our policies, what impression might they sense about our church and about being a Christian?

The Great Commission ends with Jesus saying, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).

The Big Picture Issue: His presence

When thinking about policies we must get beyond the rules and regulations to the higher principles. We must consider what most honors the Lord and welcomes His presence in our place.

Questions to ask:

  • Do we work on policies as though Jesus was sitting at the table with us?
  • Do our policies reflect having been in Jesus’ presence?

In light of the Great Commission we must conclude that policies made in the church should not reflect a pastor’s or other leaders’ pet peeves but rather the Lord. They should be lining up with God heart, rule, and mission. They should be something to which Jesus would be willing to sign His name.

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