Valued & Essential to the Big Picture
According to Ephesians 4:16, everybody has a part in contributing to God's work through the Church, and that includes people who do clerical, communications, hospitality, technical services, staff support, and other service-oriented type of ministry. They serve in ways that hold church life together.
People in Nuts & Bolts Ministries Have a Valued Contribution to Make
- God knows what He is doing.
But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. (1 Cor. 12:18)
God designed each one of us to serve where He deemed important. If we were to be able to do a cross section of the church at large in terms of the distribution of spiritual gifts, based on findings from a sampling of hundreds of believers surveyed by Ministry Tools Resource Center from a variety of churches, we would undoubtedly find a large percentage of people with the gift of helps and service, two of the primary gifts used in these kinds of ministries. God knew that this kind of ministry would be important to holding church life together and that it would take many people to do it.
- God puts great value on these kinds of ministries.
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!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable (1 Cor. 12:21-22)
According to Thayers Lexicon, the Greek word used for "indispensable" signifies that which is necessary, what one can not do without. Though we might put more emphasis on the upfront leadership and teaching gifts, God does not. He says, "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!'" In a very real sense, people involved in what we are calling the nuts and bolts ministries, are like the hands and feet of the church.
- God is the One who has made these kinds of ministries honorable.
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, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. (1 Cor. 12:23-25)
If God considers people doing these types of ministries valuable, who are we to place less value on them? Rather, we should be protecting and affirming people doing nuts and bolts kinds of ministries. We must guard against elevating certain ministries as more noble.
Nuts & Bolts Ministries Contribute to the Big Picture
Think about church life without people doing these kinds of ministries. So much would be left undone or be done half-heartedly. These particulars contribute to the excellance and effectiveness of a church that help formulate its big picture impression and impact.
Clerial / Office Ministry
How organized do you think the church would be without them?
Also Read: Just a Church Secretary? Ouch!
How well do you think the church would be promoted in the community without them?
Facilities & Grounds Maintenance Ministry
What kind of testimony and draw would your church have if people didn't take care of the physical appearance of the church?
What kind of first impressions do you think visitors would have without them?
Staff Support Ministry
How much time would leaders and teachers have to spend on leading and teaching if they didn't have assistance in other matters?
Also Read: Just a Teacher's Helper? Ouch!
What would the worship service be like if someone didn't attend to lighting and sound issues?
A Word to People Serving in Nuts and Bolts Types of Ministries
Guard against comparing yourself to people who do upfront teaching and leading. If God has gifted you to do this kind of work, it is the best thing you can do and it is needed. Others might not always seem to appreciate you but God values you and at the end of the day, that is what truly matters.Share This with Others: