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Administration – The Visionary

13 Oct

SPIRITUAL GIFTS (24)

Have you ever stood at the foot of a tall skyscraper and marveled about how the architect ever envisioned it? Or pondered how much coordination it took to get it off the ground or keep it from tumbling down?  Somebody “saw” that building a long time before construction ever began. Somebody understood the vision and translated it into plumbing, electricity, concrete, steel, glass,…Somewhere far away from the construction site, someone ordered the materials, filed the forms, made the decisions . . .
And, of course – the building would have never been completed had it not been for the workers who actually delivered the materials and did the physical labor. To get the job done everybody had to do his or her assigned part. That’s how the church is supposed to work, too. The support gifts help the church get things done! Not everyone who has one gift in this area automatically has any other gift, yet people with gifts of serving, helps or giving are often called to leadership or administrative roles.
Why? Because when people see their dedication to the task, desire to serve and love, and commitment to their church, servant models are asked to take on leadership or administrator roles. Sometimes they fit – sometimes they don’t.
A person with the motivational gift of Ruling/Administration has the ability to see the overall picture and clarify long-range goals. This is the final gift mentioned in the series we are studying from Romans 12:4-8
  • 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body , and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. NIV
Of the great variety of men’s characters in the Church our method of serving God must depend on our capacities, endowments, position, and opportunities.
–(from The Biblical Illustrator Copyright © 2002, 2003 Ages Software, Inc. and Biblesoft, Inc.)

The Administrator:

  • Has the ability to see the overall picture
  • Can clarify long-range goals
  • Can see and understand what needs to be done
  • Knows who can do the job the best
  • Likes to appoint the individuals to do them
-Administrators are able to visualize the final result of  a major undertaking. – Nehemiah visualized the goal of removing the “great affliction and reproach” of God’s people by rebuilding the walls (Nehemiah 1:2-3; 2:5)
-They break down major goals into smaller, achievable tasks. – Nehemiah accomplished the huge task of rebuilding the walls by having many groups working on smaller sections. (Nehemiah 3:1-32)
-They know what resources are available and needed to reach a goal. –  Nehemiah requested from the king resources needed to rebuild the walls: a certain time, letters of introduction, and timber. (Nehemiah 2:6-8)
-They often remove themselves from distracting details in order to focus on the ultimate goal. – Nehemiah did not get involved in the building itself but removed obstacles which would hinder the workers, such as removing financial pressures (Nehemiah 5:1-13)
-They are willing to endure reactions from others in order to achieve the ultimate goal. –  Nehemiah had opposition from within and without in his efforts to rebuild the walls. (Nehemiah 4:8-18)
-They need loyalty and confidence from those who are being directed and served. – Nehemiah brought a great assembly of people against the nobles and rulers who discouraged the people. He required oaths of cooperation from them. (Nehemiah 5:1-13)
-They inspire and encourage workers by cheerfulness, approval, praise and challenges. – Nehemiah had a cheerful spirit (Nehemiah 2:1). He was skillful in challenging and encouraging his workers. (Nehemiah 4:14).
-They know what can be and what cannot be delegated to others. –  Nehemiah delegated the work on the walls, but he retained the responsibility of dealing with the enemies guarding the walls. (Nehemiah 4:13)
-They are fulfilled by seeing the goal accomplished. – Nehemiah expressed his joy in the completed task by appointing singers and uniting the people in a revival and celebration. (Nehemiah 7:1-2; 8:1-18)
Administration can be used in some of the following ways:
  1. –Records and Statistical Data
  2. –Church Finance
  3. –Financial & Budgeting Resources
  4. –Office Administration
  5. –Insurance Committee
  6. –Priority Planning
  7. –Church Council

In addition to my own material I have included quotes from the following:

  • C. Peter Wagner “Your Spiritural Gifts”
  • Gordon Lindsay “All About the Gifts of the Spirit”
  • Adult Education and Discipleship Ministries – FBC – Garland “Gifts are for Giving”
  • Biblesoft Libraries
  • Sandy Trice
  • David Francis
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Recognize Your Motivation

22 Jul

Spiritual Gifts (7)

We are now ready to get more specific with the individual motivational gifts. As you meditate on them you may recognize some of your personal characteristics and those of your friends and family. It may take a while for you to identify your gift right away, so be patient and give yourself plenty of time. When you do recognize your gift, realize that it is your gift for life and that as you grow stronger in the Lord, your gift will also mature.

Train yourself to be sensitive to your reactions to your likes and dislikes and your motivation for doing what you do. For example, if you are asked to help someone move, and you agree to help – examine how it makes you feel. Are you agreeing because you feel obligated or because you really enjoy helping people? If you really want to help someone because you enjoy helping others, chances are that your gift may be “Service”. If you do it mainly because you are obligated or for any other reason, you can probably mark “Service” off your “Gift” list.  Keep in mind that we are not excused from “Service” just because we don’t have that particular motivation!

Motivational Gift of PROPHECY – Characteristics

  • Strong desire to understand the Bible and God’s Word to His people
  • Strong discernment
  • Able to forsee the consequences of decisions made
  • Strong desire to help others to correct their bad decisions – (not their feelings and not their attitude)
  • Not interested in whether or not they are accepted by others, just that others know the truth and don’t make choices that will bring them more problems

Ways the Gift of PROPHECY can be used:

  • Teaching
  • Moral Concerns
  • Church Council
  • Counseling
  • Personnel Committee
  • Church Officer
  • Group Committee Leader
  • Worship Committee
  • Prayer Groups

Motivational Gift of TEACHING – Characteristics:

  • Strong desire to clarify truth
  • Desire to search out and study God’s Word in detail so they can validate the truth
  • Carefully investigates the Word of God
  • Very interested in words and the way they are used
  • God-given interest in getting details correct

Ways  the the gift of  TEACHING can be used:

  • Bible Teaching
  • New Member Training
  • Mission Education
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Sunday School
  • Church Training
  • Church Council

Motivational Gift of ADMINISTRATION – Characteristics:

  • The ability to see the overall picture
  • Can clarify long-range goals
  • Can see and understand what needs to be done
  • Knows who can do the job the best
  • Likes to appoint the individuals to do them

Ways the Gift of ADMINISTRATION can be used:

  • Records and Statistical Data
  • Church Finance
  • Financial & Budgeting Resources
  • Office Administration
  • Insurance Committee
  • Priority Planning
  • Church Council

Motivational Gift of SERVICE – Characteristics:

  • Can become grieved when they see the person they are serving squandering their time and wasting it on minute things
  • Greatly delighted in giving of themselves to serve when they see the other person is investing their life in worthwhile projects
  • They are willing to invest service in your life in order to help you get what you want out of life, then you, in turn, are going to be motivated to do more
  • Has the gift of giving of themselves in order to help someone else to succeed in whatever their interest is

Ways the Motivational Gift of SERVICE can be used:

  • Hospital Ministry
  • Deacon Ministry
  • Benevolence Committee
  • Social Ministries
  • Missions Committee

Motivational Gift of GIVING – Characteristics:

  • Gives more and expects less
  • Ready and willing to give of their finances to see that a project is accomplished
  • Will make personal financial sacrifices in order to give a large amount of money

Ways the Motivational Gift of GIVING can be used:

  • Stewardship Committee
  • Moral Concerns (Poverty, Politics, Family)
  • Outreach Ministry
  • Church Finances
  • New Ministries

Motivational Gift of EXHORTATION – Characteristics:

  • Has the ability to see your potential and desires to motivate you to reach that potential
  • They have discernment and may sometimes seem nosey
  • They usually make good counselors
  • They want you to learn something and move on to the next step of action

Ways the Motivational Gift of EXHORTATION can be used:

  • Vocational Guidance
  • Youth Ministry
  • Counseling
  • Ministry to Families
  • New Member Training
  • Church Leader Training
  • Nominating Committee

Motivational Gift of MERCY – Characteristics:

  • Reaches out with genuine love which uplifts, soothes and heals those who are hurting
  • This gift keeps others on their toes because even if words are not spoken, they can pick up on the feelings and attitudes of others
  • Has a greater vulnerability to deeper and more frequent hurts because of lack of love

Ways the Motivational Gift of MERCY can be used:

  • Prayer Groups
  • Hospital Ministry
  • Couseling
  • Benevolence
  • Homebound Ministry
  • Social Ministries
  • Mental Health
Some of this material was quoted from the following:
  • C. Peter Wagner “Your Spiritural Gifts”
  • Gordon Lindsay “All About the Gifts of the Spirit”
  • Adult Education and Discipleship Ministries – FBC – Garland “Gifts are for Giving”
  • Biblesoft Libraries
  • Sandy Trice

Be A Gimper for God

21 Jan

According to Denton Bible Church Minister, Tom Nelson, and Bruce Wilkinson, author of The Prayer of Jabez, “Dr. Richard Seume, a one time chaplain of Dallas Seminary coined the term, “Gimper.” A Gimper was a Christian who was not content with mediocrity or status quo. He was one who went above and beyond. The impassioned man. The excellent committed man. The man of the minority.” After reading The Prayer of Jabez I knew I wanted to live my life being a “gimper for God.”

Don’t follow the crowd. Don’t just do what it takes to “get by”. I work each day alone – no one is here to see what I do, or how long it takes, (I have an alterations business – http://www.threadsinliberty.com.) God sees me and what I do! What I consider most important is whether or not I am pleasing Him.

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I am straightforward. But, being straightforward doesn’t mean you have to be rude or unkind. I want everyone to like me and I want them pleased with my work. But more than that I want God to be pleased with me. I see myself as working for Him. He has given me a heart to help others. It gives me great pleasure to help other people. He has also instilled in me how important it is to be a gimper – “doing a little more than is required or expected”. God sees our hearts as we work and interact with people. We can’t outgive Him. Those things we do for Him in private, He will reward in the open. If I go the extra mile for someone I see it as an offering to God. Don’t get me wrong, my motives are pure. God has done so much for me that I want to give all I can back to Him.

Take the road less traveled – be a gimper for God!

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