Different Roles, Same Mission [1 Cor 12: 12-27]

Leveraging Ministry

It’s important for the spiritual leader of the ministry to take time to motivate and support the development team, to encourage them in their ministry of development, to share how crucial their efforts are in fulfilling the mission.

 Development workers need to understand that by going into development, they have not left “ministry.” In fact, through the money they raise, they are actually leveraging more ministry, reaching more people, making a greater impact. If indeed they have the gifts to thrive as development workers, they are making a greater contribution to the ministry than they could by other means! Raising money for a ministry that successfully spreads the Gospel means the development worker shares in a tremendous harvest — far greater than anything he could have accomplished on his own, or that the ministry could have accomplished without his development work.

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For reflection:

Unity and Diversity in the Body – 1 Cor 12

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, including over 20 years as a Pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting in addition to serving as a Pastor for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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1 Response to Different Roles, Same Mission [1 Cor 12: 12-27]

  1. MDM says:

    Reblogged this and commented:
    I sure do agree that any ministry’s spiritual leader, usually the senior pastor or executive director, should make it a priority to motivate and support development staff. Unfortunately, many leaders are unable or unwilling to provide the kind of encouragement and support that fundraisers need. This may be because leaders don’t understand the grammar or exigencies of fundraising, or harbor beliefs that fundraisers put the ministry’s image at risk by being too aggressive or crass. Leaders should equip themselves to come alongside fundraisers and reinforce clear, compelling asks that help donors make their giving decisions. This starts with projecting an inspiring vision and making sure that all stakeholders share it.

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