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