Our life together in a ministry as a corporate body is one of the best witnesses we have as to what life in the kingdom of God looks like. And in this regard, the staff and volunteers of a Christian ministry can be either its greatest asset or its greatest threat, because people give an organization its corporate life, for better or worse. More
Individualism is about maintaining or expanding individual rights. Your right to decide. Your right to do or be anything you want. Your right to be free of obligation to anyone else. Employees who espouse these rights can make them part of your organizational thinking too.
The problem is, individualism is the very antithesis of Christian faith.
The second threat to our corporate witness is careerism, in which career advancement is a person’s chief aim in life. The more we are obsessed with advancing ourselves, the less authentic our witness will be, because often God wants us to do something for someone else’s benefit, not ours. In fact, he wants us to love sacrificially and unconditionally, and this may impact our careers. More
Self-centredness is a significant threat to authentic Christian witness by Christian ministries. Attention is focused on the individual and Christ is shut out. Here are practical ideas for how you can build an awareness into your staff that they are not their own, but they belong to Jesus Christ and are his stewards. More
The most serious threat to corporate witness is the privatization of faith. A surprising number of Christians are not comfortable with group spirituality outside of church and home. But how can a Christian ministry know the will of Christ if it doesn’t engage in group spiritual discernment? Here’s how to begin doing group discernment. More