“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace..: in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11
The New England Patriots are a well-oiled football machine. How do they do it? They don’t have the best talent. Only one first round draft choice starts. Their quarterback, from Michigan, was drafted in the sixth round as the 199th choice in 2000. They have good players that are great at their specific role and good coaching that places them where they, where their particular skills, can shine. These two things make them a great team.
Congregational ministry is similar. Each player on the ministry team has at least one talent. The coach recognizes it, trains it, supports it, helps to develop it. Then the player takes the field in a position to succeed. Quarterbacks can’t block but they can toss the pigskin. Kickers can’t tackle but they can kick. It is a sad thing to see service minded church members doing what they are not gifted for, or trying to do everything. If there are only three of 11 possible defensive players on the gridiron they will accomplish very little and feel very sore. We all need to discover the gifts that God has given us and use them in a manner that suits us. And, we need all the players on the field. That is an every member, gifted and fitted ministry.
Our new Ministry Team Structure seeks to place every member of the church in a ministry that is suited to their gifts and to give them the support and encouragement they require. We need to stop asking the kickers to be linebackers and provide good blocking for the quarterback. The whole team needs to be engaged.
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Churchill spoked this of the Royal Air Force in their daily battle with the Luftwaffe in 1940. Many churches could use this phase of the over-worked, exhausted, and nearly burned out 10% of the church that carries 90% of church ministry. Westminster is filled with many willing servants with humble hearts that are willing to do anything for the glory of God. And that is a great blessing.
So, how can you prepare for the new Ministry Team Structure? First, find out what you are good at and gifted for. No one is good at everything, but everyone is good at something. Second, develop your gift into a ministry that you can fulfill and enjoy. Third, put on the pads and enjoy the game. Plus, the really good news is that we have a quarterback from Michigan.