When speaking about organization in this Practicum we are looking at more of the process or act of organizing as opposed to a structured entity. In other words, we want to focus on the verb more than the noun. The Body of Christ must be viewed as a living organism, not a bureaucratic structure or organization.
To better understand this distinction, read: Leadership Skill: Organization
The Church follows God’s purposes and ways, not that of the world. He designed the Church as a living organism, likening it to a Body with many parts, yet coordinated or organized as a unit, needing one another (1 Cor. 12). If we try to make the Church into more of a social organization, set in its ways, rather than fluid and life-giving, we begin to undermine the accomplishment of Gods primary purpose for us — that of loving Him more than anything else and loving others as ourselves. It’s like we are putting the ways of the world before Him — not a very loving thing to do.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. (1 Jn. 2:15)
Questions About Organization in Your Church
As we begin to look at the practical outworking of organizing in the Church to accomplish our purpose, take some time to reflect on these questions:
- In what ways does your church’s organizational structure help accomplish God’s primary purpose?
- In what ways does your church’s organizational structure hinder the accomplishment of God’s primary purpose?
- What changes can you make to the forms and structures you’ve put in place so they lead to a greater expression of love for God and people?
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