Is our burnout due to our organization?

by Luther Davis
(Washington, GA, USA)

Jesus gave us an invitation in Matthew 11:28-30 that promises that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Yet in our ministries we find that this statement is anything but true.

Pareto's principle seems to reign supreme in our congregations, where less than 20% of our folks are doing all the work and the rest seem oblivious to all the demands placed on us. Could it be that somewhere between the churches beginning in Acts 2 to the present we have modified God's crown jewel (the church) and placed it into an earthly setting?

Recently I completed a study of the organization of the church as presented in the New Testament to see how God would want us to distribute responsibility and roles among the congregation.
To my surprise I found that most of what I've learned of organization of the church has been based primarily on a long line of traditions passed down through generations. My study revealed that God's organization took into account the whole person within the congregation and left very little not accounted for.

This organization covers the body soul and spirit as follows:
Soul: Evangelist, Pastor, Bishop, Apostle
Spirit: Apostle, Teacher
Body: Deacon
Affirmation: Prophet
Every One: Saint

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