spread the wealth of ministry (a fridea)

This week, I’ve looked at some biblical texts that inform our work in various ways. While the Bible isn’t chock-full of “Fridea”-type ministry “tips,” there are clearly places where we see God’s people apply His wisdom to how they accomplish His will.

One of those places is Acts 6, where deacons are first commissioned! If you haven’t read that passage in awhile, you might take a look – it’s a surprisingly “workaday” look at the back-office operations in the earliest church.

“It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them…” (Acts 6:2-3 NIV)

This reminds of Jethro’s advice to Moses in Exodus 18, doesn’t it? And “division of labor” pops up elsewhere in Scripture.

So the question is, Where can you spread the wealth of ministry? And while my primary concern here is student leadership, it’s not the only opportunity for delegation. Adults are our friends! And that’s not just true for church-based college ministers; any of us campus ministers who are plugged into a church have a community from which to draw fellow college ministers, right? -even if they’re volunteers.

In any case, this Fridea is for thinking through your structures, item by item, and asking if more student leaders or adult volunteers should be involved. Are you “waiting on tables” in ways you shouldn’t be?

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