Do you want policy-making in the Church to look different from what we experience in the world? Then you need to grab hold of the grace of God, even when it comes to making and enforcing church policies.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope … (Titus 2:11-13)
Policy-Making Devoid of Grace Employs Worldly Passions and Ungodly Agendas
Since God’s grace is what “teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions”, any kind of policy-making devoid of the grace of God potentially leads to policies that are:
Rather than policies driven by God’s purposes, they’re developed according to our personal preferences. They’re used to sway people into thinking and feeling like we do, to please us as leaders. They should, instead, be used to point people toward God’s ways, to please and honor Him.
Rather than policies motivated by God’s heart of compassion for people, they’re used to manipulate people toward our personal agendas. They’re a means of controlling people. They should, instead, be used for the good of people, to further advancement of God’s agenda in their lives.
Policy-Making Safeguarded by Grace Employs Self-Control, Upright and Godly Agendas
Since God’s grace is what teaches us “to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age”, policy-making saturated with the grace of God leads to policies that are:
When policy-making and grace go hand-in-hand, policies are used to provide encouragement and restoration rather than condemnation and the tearing down of people (2 Thess. 2:16-17; Heb. 13:9). Policies safeguarded by the power of God’s grace enhance life and ministry rather than restrict it. They’re meant to help and empower, not manipulate and control.
When policy-making and grace mesh, policies are designed to protect the unity and testimony of the Body rather than conquer and divide. Policies safeguarded by the power of God’s grace emphasize the good of everyone, not just a select few. They’re written in ways that require us to look at the big picture, not just our personal agendas or preferences. They’re meant to minimize bitterness and prevent trouble by promoting a godly, grace-filled perspective (Heb. 12:14-15).
Leaders, take an honest look at policy-making in your church or ministry.
- Do your policies sound like they were written with grace?
- Does the way you implement the policies reflect God’s grace?
- Do people get a sense that the policies lead to a greater good?
- Do people find in the policies a quest for them to live within the grace of God?
May God’ grace teach you and enable you to make the necessary changes.