Nuts & Bolts Ministries: Principles for Serving
All ministry, whether upfront leading or teaching, or behind-the scenes, must line up with God and His Word. We are all first and foremost accountable to Him. We serve as unto the Lord.
Overriding Principle for People in Nuts & Bolts Ministry: Serve as Unto the Lord
People who do the Nuts and Bolts types of ministries (i.e., clerical, communications, facilities & grounds maintenance, hospitality, staff support, technical services, and other service-oriented tasks), are usually not the ones in positions of leadership. They often work in cooperation with leaders or teachers. In a sense we can say that they do the bidding of another. Notice that we are not saying that they are subservient or of less value, but rather than they often are not the primary decision makers. In that context, we pull out this overriding principle from Ephesians 6:5-8 that can apply to people in Nuts and Bolts Ministries, as well as some specific principles.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
Often feeling devalued, it would be easy for these slaves to fall into negativity, grumbling, and complaining. The primary way for Christian slaves to rise above such reactions was to remember this one key principle: They needed to serve as unto the Lord. Therein they would find perspective and worth in serving.
Because people in Nuts and Bolts types of ministries are not the leaders and must do the bidding of others even when they disagree, they could fall prey to some of the same feelings. Consequently, remembering to serve as unto the Lord would greatly help them with perspective as well.
Specific Principles to Help People in Nuts and Bolts Ministries with Serving as unto the Lord:
We can also pull some specific principles from Ephesians 6:5-8 that could very well apply to people in Nuts and Bolts Ministries. These principles help us understand what it means to serve as unto the Lord.
- Treat those you serve honorably.
- Maintain integrity in your heart, not just in what you say or do.
- Look at the bigger picture in serving.
- Be faithful in serving whether or not seen by others.
- Make the good of others a priority in your heart and mind.
- Do what you do as if you were doing it unto the Lord.
- Remember that we're all accountable to the Lord whose reward should be enough.
The Nuts & Bolts Ministry Manual expounds on each of the above principles. It also provides principles for leaders and teachers overseeing people who do Nuts and Bolts types of ministries.