At Trietsch, we find it deeply important to help you discover your spiritual gifts. The reason is simple. When you are serving in an area that aligns with your gifts, passions, and ministry style, you multiply the glory of God's kingdom in a way that brings you deep joy. You'll be more confident, competent, and motivated in your service to God. Every other week, we will explore one of the 20 spiritual gifts we recognize based on scripture. This week, let's learn about administration.
The church doesn't exist without administrators. It's true! Who helps us organize the intake of supplies to serve people in need? Administrators. Who can look at a puzzle of ideas and neatly construct a schedule, divvy responsibilities, and see the potential? Administrators. Who makes things happen? ADMINISTRATORS!
We have a running joke on the Trietsch staff that the most popular spiritual gift in our congregation is administration because they are the only ones focused enough to take the Gifted to Serve Discovery. By the way, if you don't know what your spiritual gifts are, take the Gifted to Serve Discovery!
Here is how we define the gift of administration:
Administration is the gift of organizing human and material resources for the work of Christ, including the ability to plan and work with people to delegate responsibilities, track progress, and evaluate the effectiveness of procedures.
Administrators attend to details, communicate effectively, and take as much pleasure in working behind the scenes as they do in standing in the spotlight.
This gift is important for the development and support of ministry programs. Administrators are able to "put the puzzle pieces together" to make things happen. They tend to be highly organized. If they don't know how to do something, they will find someone who does. They keep promises, and they stay focused and on target. They tend to be task-oriented, but they value and nurture people as well. Administrators tend not to be put off by the size or difficulty of the task. It is best to give administrators their assignments, then get out of the way and let them do well what they do best.
Does this description sound like a person you know? They might have the gift of administration! And they are in good company, because some of the people behind our present-day understanding of God and Jesus were administrators.
Luke definitely had the gift of administration, not only in his careful organizational skills but also his attentiveness to details. Much of what we know about Jesus and the early church can be accurately dated because of Luke's attentiveness.
Baruch was Jeremiah's scribe and he wrote down Jeremiah's prophecies as they were dictated to him. He organized material resources.
The early deacons also had the gift of administration. In Acts 6 we can see how they organized both people and resources to take care of those who were not being adequately cared for.
One of our very own Trietschers that you know well lives and breathes the gift of administration: Amy Parsons. You might not know all the ways she is supporting us behind the scenes, but here are just a few:
- Recruiting and training media volunteers
- Managing the worship schedule and timing
- Directing camera operators and media board operators
- Organizing and securing decorations and special events for worship series
And that's just what she does on Sundays. A beautiful way that she leaned into her gift of administration was by volunteering as the family liaison for the Tarmo family during our Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build over the summer. She stayed in constant contact with the family, securing any supplies they needed as they waited for their new home. She attended meetings with staff members of Habitat for Humanity to take notes as they discussed paperwork and legalities, and asked questions that the Tarmo family may not have known to ask.
Her deep love for people and deep love for organization and order went hand in hand to bring a piece of heaven to earth for the Tarmo family. Amy adds her favorite part of the experience, "My volunteer position with the Tarmos has turned in to a friendship. While I enjoyed serving them, we have enjoyed just being friends, having coffee, sharing meals, and getting to know each other."
And after the house was built, her work wasn't done. Amy volunteered to be their liaison for a full year; so, she continues to support the Tarmo family with prayers, supplies, and service through the spring of 2019.
Administration is a big deal in building God's Kingdom. Did this story and description of this spiritual gift invigorate you? You might be an administrator! Take the Gifted to Serve Discovery to learn more about your gift and how you can serve.
Administration in Scripture:
"For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'"
– Luke 14:28-30 (NRSV)
Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait on tables. Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task, while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word." What they said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
– Acts 6:1-7 (NRSV)
And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.
– 1 Corinthians 12:28
These are just a few ways you can serve at Trietsch with the gift of administration:
- Youth Food Coordinator
- Project Transformation Organizer
- VBS Director of Preschool or Elementary School
- Sunday School Administrator
- Trietsch Historian
- Website/ Social Media Coordinator
- Database Manager
- Storytelling Captain
If you have questions about spiritual gifts, where you can serve, or how your gift can be used outside of Trietsch, email Denise Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.