Monday Meditation – Melting Pot?

Melting Pot

The phrase “melting pot” came into general usage after the presentation of the 1908 play of the same name came out.  It was used as a metaphor to describe the United States.  The US was seen as a fusion of nationalities, cultures and ethnicities, a homogeneous society in spite of its diverse immigration patterns.

But those who know cooking understand that when you put items such as spices, meats, broth etc. into a pot, the food does not “melt” together but mixes with the rest to strike up combinations that are hopefully very tasty!

The oil, ghee, cumin seeds, ginger root, garam masala and tumeric I mix and heat up in a pan, don’t become less than what each began, but instead are enhanced by the other flavors and retains its own to help the other ingredients taste even more delicious.

This is what America has become – a stew pot of all kinds of ingredients. Added together, they season the entire meal with so many different, interesting and tasty flavors.

This is what the church must become.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said the most segregated hour in the US is Sunday morning at church time.  Unfortunately, for most churches this remain true.  Some have managed to overcome segregation environment, but many remain homogenous communities usually within very heterogeneous neighborhoods.

But like the Apostle Paul wrote, the church is made up of all different kinds of parts. (1 Corinthians 12)  If one is missing it stresses the whole body.  The organism can survive and live, perhaps even thrive but at what cost?

Dear God, you created each of us in your own image.  Help us to live as one body with Christ as our head.  Let us see diversity as you do, as a strength and not as a burden.  Help us to cook with all your children in the kitchen, knowing that for once too many cooks can’t spoil the pot!  Amen.

We Are Called To Serve Out Front and Behind the Scenes

Spiritual Gifts

Biblical Foundation

We are all called to serve.

Some are called to serve as teachers and shape the next generation; some are called to serve as pastors and lead a congregation; some are called to serve as performers and use their art to glorify the Lord; and others are called to serve behind the scenes, to organize, to report, to communicate in order to support ministry.  1 Corinthians 12:4-6 states, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work” (NIV).

I love this scripture because it reminds me that our service, whether out front or behind the scenes, is all God’s work.  Personally, I identify with those who are called to serve behind the scenes, who support others in their ministry.  At GCFA, we call that “the ministry of administration.”

Many Who Serve

There are many in The United Methodist Church who serve within this ministry of administration.  And, as part of my role, I have the opportunity to work with church business administrators across the denomination.  They, too, are individuals who are called to serve.  Often they serve behind the scenes.  They manage the church budget; make sure the bills are paid; coordinate the church management system, and so much more.  At GCFA, we seek to serve these individuals through our Academy of Church Business Administration (ACBA), two weeks of classes that cover 14 different areas of study.

Being part of this ministry supports the connection’s mission to make disciples.  It is my privilege to support the ACBA, and to serve the entire United Methodist connection through the ministry of administration.

Thank you,

Jodi Chadwell

Chief Officer of Shared Services and Ministry Evaluation