Through the work of You People My People, we have increasingly become aware of those with a God given vision and mission, but are finding it hard because of a lack of help with administration. It’s not as difficult to raise money for people who are preaching the gospel, helping the poor or fighting for a just cause. But how inspired are we when asked to give so someone can be paid to handle emails, mailings, newsletters, reports, accounts, websites...? Without someone taking care of everyday and routine tasks, these responsibilities become burdens, left to the one carrying the vision.
In 1 Corinthians 12:28, Paul is listing the kinds of people God has gifted the church with: “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.” Various translations use other words like governments, managers, organisers, provide guidance, those who can get others to work together, and those skilled in administration, to translate the Greek. The point being, ones who perform such tasks are just as much a spiritual gift from God as any of the others listed here.
Many a Pastor, CEO or Director will tell you the value of a good administrator. They know they can keep building and growing because the body is supported and structurally sound. We know several ministries we work with in Israel right now who need exactly this kind of help, local people that God has already gifted the Body with but are not yet released to serve, simply because the resource is not there to pay them. Would you pray with us that there would be a breakthrough of funding for these ministries, so that this vital need can be provided for? As Paul also said in 1 Corinthians 12, we are all part of the one Body of Messiah. And it is only as we all participate that the Body is enabled and empowered to be all God created us to be!
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