Churches need balance--according to our Sunday speaker, Mark Mikel. We need people to focus on our mission (to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world) and we need people to focus on maintenance (keeping the building in good shape, ordering supplies, etc.). Not everyone needs to do both--and God will call us each in a unique way. The disciples in the early church chose to focus their attention to prayer and teaching the word; they chose others to handle the day-to-day care of the people. Both priorities need to be recognized--and they must support and encourage one another. A strong devotional life will help each of us be in tune with what God calls us to do. Open and honest discussions and relentless prayer will help to promote balance in maintenance and mission in our church. From these practices we will be able to select leaders in a more spiritual way.
...the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “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 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:2-3