Since God’s Word compares the Church to the human body (1 Cor. 12), consider this: The human body is designed to function a certain way and has systems within it to help it do that. If there’s a blockage or some sort of problem, the body will shut down or try to compensate for it in ways for which it was not intended, thus becoming unhealthy or dysfunctional.
Similarly, God designed the Church to function a certain way. We need systems, or parameters, that help us function as the Body God intended for us to be. — The guiding factor then, in making policies, should be what is needed to keep the Body properly functioning according to God’s design.
Body Life provides the parameters for policy making:
- what allows for diversity while looking out for the common good (1 Cor. 12:4-7)
- what guards the worth and dignity of all members (1 Cor. 12:14-24)
- what promotes unity and not disunity (1 Cor. 12:25)
- what keeps us sensitive to and considerate of one another (1 Cor. 12:25-26)
When we allow everybody to do what is right in their own eyes, we violate these parameters.
When we fail to consider how what one person or ministry does affects the whole, we risk stepping outside of these parameters.
A fully functioning, healthy Body enables us to reach our potential. Policies with the right kind of parameters should therefore not be restrictive but rather simply guidance on how to best function as a Body. Policies should not be stifling ministry but rather promoting and enhancing it.
Ask these questions when making policies:
- What parameters are we using in making policies?
- Do people understand these parameters and why they are so important?