23. ORGANIZATIONAL METHODS

"Paul did not forget the churches that he had established. After making a missionary tour, he and Barnabas retraced their steps and visited the churches they had raised up, choosing from them men whom they could train to unite in proclaiming the gospel."

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Methods--a procedure, technique, or planned way of organizing and managing churches; an order or system in doing business so as to accomplish it in an orderly or systematic arrangement or manner.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

In Proverbs 23 and 1 Corinthians 14:40, we find a series of gems on people skills, administrative procedures, lifestyle, and other topics that specifically speak to effective methods in organization.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • I am determined not only to work harder, but smarter by the organized manner by which I manage and administer church business.
  • Much more can be accomplished for God's work if better planning is done. I will plan better.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

1 2 3 4 5
Extremely
Dissatisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Extremely
Satisfied

e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)





MEDITATION

"Lord, understanding that we have only a few short years, it is imperative that we spend our time and energy wisely. Teach me, Lord, to number my days and apply my heart to wisdom. Lord, Your work deserves the best we can do, so help me to reach a higher standard in my daily operations. Give me wisdom, discernment, and efficiency to reach a higher level of excellence."