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December 07, 2012

Managing Church Growth: Know your Call

Acts 6:1-7

6 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a] among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

With the growth of the church, the apostles had to restructure the church to meet the growing demands. A group of widows were being overlooked and instead of trying to appease the widows by personally serving them, they chose spirit filled men to serve the widows and concentrate on the ministry of word and prayer.

As a pastor and a leader you need to be secure with your calling. You don’t need to please everybody by doing everything. Learn how to delegate tasks so that you can do what you were called to do. This means there needs to be an empowering culture in your church.

Prepare people for works of ministry. Don’t do their ministry for them.