I’ve been thinking a lot about organisation and structure lately. Structure scares some people and they feel constrained by it. While it makes others feel free as they know their boundaries.

One passage that talks about organisation I found in my Bible reading was in Acts chapter six. This is where they chose the seven people to distribute the food. The Apostles found they needed to devote more time to prayer and preaching and couldn’t keep up with the workload of the growing church. Hence the first Deacons were chosen

An interesting point from this is they didn’t just chose anyone to do this job. They wanted the right people that were made of the right stuff. The wanted people who were full of the Holy Spirit, above reproach from the people and displayed God’s wisdom. I think part of it was that they wanted helpers who the people were comfortable with, but they also wanted the structure in place to ensure the work was taken care of fairly.

As a Ministry leader it is good to know you have reliable people in your team who can take care of “business”. This helps you feel released to concentrate on the things you have to do. Organisation can frustrate and make some feel trapped, but it also has the power to release and free up when it is done correctly.

I think the key is to have structure and organisation in place, but to have the freedom and openess to the Holy Spirit to make adjustments as He leads us.

Follow me

I have been reflecting on something the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1 lately. The New International Version says, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ”. The New King James Version says, “Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ”.

There is a real sense of “do what I do, as I do what Jesus did”. It is not “do what I say or do what I tell you to do”. Paul is telling us to follow his lead and do the things that he himself is doing. To me that is real leadership. It is living out what you believe and are trying to put in to practice yourself and then asking others to do the same.

It reminds me of when Jesus called the first Disciples. His words were just “Follow me…” (Matthew 4:19). Both the statement from Paul and Jesus were simple and to the point. They were just saying follow me and do the same things I am doing.

When I go into church today I am going to write 1 Corinthians 11:1 and Matthew 4:19 out and stick them on my wall in my office. That way every time I see them, I will stop and reflect on how I am going on following Jesus and following Paul’s example.