Some of you are already worried that we are getting into math or algebra, I can see the worry on your faces. However, I’m not talking about mathematical equations. I’m talking about ministry distribution.
Over the years I have listened to various speakers who share on issues of distributing the work of ministry over to others. I have also witnessed and experienced when ministry isn’t distributed well among the people. It can wear down the person or the few persons who are in charge.
In a recent training session I was with a group of our leaders and sharing about this idea of distributing the work of discipleship. I first asked, ‘how many people can one person on average handle caring and deeply ministering too?’ The answer from one person was “Eleven,” and from another it was “Three.” I encouraged from my education and experience that we could go in the middle somewhere. I know there are rare cases, like Jesus, when people are capable of pouring themselves out to more than ten people. However, for most of the average followers of Jesus I would say it is likely that they are equipped to handle about five people.
Going off of my suggested number of one person deeply influencing five others I made a web on the board to show how more people could be reached by this method of sharing ministry than by one person trying to meet everyone’s needs. One of the leaders in the study then pointed out that since the church is built on the concept of encouraging one another that also means that, ‘no one is alone. All of us, even the leaders have five or six others to turn to. We should never be going to one person for all our needs.’
So, my question to you is this: are you working within your limits and strengths? We don’t like to see ourselves as limited. Yet, when we recognize how our lives truly work we will become far more effective. If you can handle seven or eight others to pour your life into, then pick some people who have the potential to grow. Then as they grow they can take on ministry within the church as well.
The more people you have covering needs such as teaching, hospitality, greeting, follow-up visitation, visiting and prayer for sick or shut-ins the more people the church can touch strongly with the love of Jesus Christ. The more people involved the more we can feel like we are not alone. The more people involved the stronger the Church will be.
Take some time to evaluate what your doing. Where can you invite others to join you in the work of Christ this week? Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you the way to involve others more.
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