The church is made up of varying ministries, often organized into groups to meet specific needs. All of these ministries need to come under the umbrella of the overriding purpose of the church. Church leaders need to bring some coordination of the parts into the whole.
You'll find the biblical basis for such coordinating in Ephesians 4:3-16 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-31. The Word uses the analogy of the human body ... many parts, one body. Arms, legs, and other body parts each have their own function but cannot work independently of the others.
God's Intent: unity and harmony in the midst of diversity
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit -- just as you were called to one hope when you were called -- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. (Eph. 4:3-7)
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. . . . The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. (1 Cor. 12:4-6, 12)
Keep diversity and distinctiveness of various ministries while bringing them all under one umbrella.
Promote and maintain a big picture perspective. We all serve the same Lord and have the same primary purpose.
God's Process: authentic communication with one another
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. (Eph. 4:14-15)
Bring people to consensus and cooperation with other ministries without manipulating people.
Promote and model proper, authentic motives in communicating with one another.
God's Focus: grow into Him who is the Head, Christ
we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. . . . From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:15-16)
Motivate people to come under the umbrella without begrudging it, complaining, or accusing the leader of being controlling.
Promote Jesus as both the source and reason for coming together as one body.Share This with Others:
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