Administration – A Ministry of Support

Administration

We seem to be in a time when “administration” is a bad word.  I hear too many pastors and laity who speak of “administration” as if it is a necessary evil at best, or at worst as if it gets in the way of “real ministry.”

The Ministry of Administration

The truth is that “administration” — when rightly understood — is actual ministry. It also provides the means, tools, resources, and planning to make ministry more effective.  Our ordained Elders should know this, in particular, because part of our vows for ordination include the promise to “order” the life of the church.  The Apostle Paul lists “administration” is one of the roles that God has placed within the Body of Christ to enhance ministry (I Corinthians 12:28).  And it is simply common sense that “administer” means “to or toward ministry.”

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