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apostles, about three thousand souls were added to them to

GODLY PATTERN IN CHURCH form the first members of the church.


ADMINISTRATION
In fact, Jesus Christ established a visible church with no
Administration is the act of having charge or managing particular pattern of government and administration, but He
something. Church administration is the act of governing entrusted the church in the hands of Apostles as authorized
the body of Christ and making it fulfill its purpose of teachers and rulers, with two sacred rites of baptism and
“making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Holy Communion to be observed to the end of the world.
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Aside the administration of the sacraments, the other
Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I functions attached to the ministerial office of the Apostles
have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, are:
even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19 – 20 New
King James Version). 1. The preaching of the gospel

Why the Church 2. Church discipline or the power of the keys. This is the
power to open and shut the gates of the Kingdom of
It must first be settled that Jesus Christ envisaged a heaven, in other words, to declare to the penitent the
separate organization outside of the Jewish religious setup. forgiveness of sins and to the unworthy
He talked of setting up His church in Matthew 16:18 after excommunication in the name and by the authority of
the great confession by Peter that He is the Son of the Christ
Living God. In that instance, He said these of the church:
3. The equipping of believers for the work of God.
1. The gates of Hades shall not prevail against it, and
In addition to these and in anticipation of growth challenges,
2. The keys of the Kingdom of heaven shall be given to Jesus gave the Apostles the authority to take decisions on
the church. Matthew 16: 18 – 19. His behalf. He told them that “whatsoever thou shalt
In determining an administrative style, it is important to first bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and
determine the objectives of the organization. For the church, whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed
the major objective is to reconcile all men to God and make in heaven” (Matt 16:19 King James Version). The meaning
them true followers of Christ. We must not fail to also know of binding and loosing is that of law making.
that the church is to make known to principalities and Therefore, the original rulers of the church or people
powers in the heavenly places, the manifold wisdom of God charged with administering the church are the Apostles.
(Ephesians 3:10).
Formation of Administration organs in the church
Establishment of the Church
With the daily growth of the church and the attendant
The church was finally established on the day of Pentecost problems, the administration of the church (the body of
when the promised Holy Spirit descended on the disciples believers), became a Herculean task for the Apostles.
gathered in the upper room in one accord. On that day Carrying out all the above functions require that more men
following the preaching of Peter and the other eleven (11) filled with the Holy Spirit be ordained by the Apostles.
Firstly, with the complain of the Hellenists against the The office and role of the Deacons have been mentioned
Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily above.
distribution, “the twelve apostles called the whole For the Elders, it must be noted that the word elder is also
group of believers together and said, "It is not right the same used as bishops or presbyters. The use of the
for us to neglect the preaching of God's word in order word bishop in the early church is that of a leading
to handle finances. So then, brothers, choose seven presbyter among others or a senior elder with oversight
men among you who are known to be full of the Holy functions over others. The word elder does not have
Spirit and wisdom, and we will put them in charge of anything to do with age. This can be seen from 1st epistle of
this matter. We ourselves, then, will give our full Paul to Timothy chapter 5, where the words ‘elder’ and
time to prayer and the work of preaching." (Acts 6:2-4 ‘older man’ were used separately.
Today English Version)
From numerous usages in the Acts of Apostles and the
Thus, Stephen, Philip and five other men filled with the Holy Epistles, Elders and Apostles were performing the same
Spirit and wisdom were selected by the multitude of tasks in Jerusalem. Among the Gentiles, Elders were the
disciples as the first set of Deacons in the church. They were rulers of their local churches. However, Elders (operating as
ordained by the Apostles to be able to carry out their bishops) generally replaced the Apostles in importance after
function. all of them had died. The office of elders is that of today’s
We should note that apart from the Deacons, no other office priests and bishops.
was mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles in the first ten Aside the office of the Elders/Presbyters/Bishops and
(10) chapters. Deacons which are ministerial and carries with it special
In the eleventh (11th) chapter, mention was made of ordination; the others were rather that of functions and gifts
Prophets (vs. 24) and Elders (vs. 30). Other offices than that of an office. According to Ephesians 4 : 11, Jesus
mentioned in the New Testament concerning the church are Christ through the Holy Spirit “gave these gifts to the
Teachers and Evangelist. church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists,
and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is
From Acts of Apostles and the Epistles in the Holy Bible, the
to equip God's people to do his work and build up the
offices/functions mentioned for the church aside that of the
church, the body of Christ” (New Living Translation)
Apostles are;
These gifts are available for every member of the church, as
1. Deacons
the Holy Spirit gave to all as He wills (1 Corinthians 12:11).
2. Elders
We should note that the Apostles, Elders and Deacons were
3. Prophets also gifted with some or all of the other functions.
4. Teachers In his letter to the Corinthians, 1 Corinthians 12 : 28, Paul
5. Evangelists gave a hierarchy of positions in the church as appointed by
God.
6. Pastors
“And in the church God has appointed first of all Yes in that we give the Bishop his due place as the
apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then administrative head of the diocese which represents a local
workers of miracles, also those having gifts of church. There is nothing that can be done in the diocese
healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of without the knowledge of the Bishop. All (both clergy and
administration, and those speaking in different kinds laity) defer to him in almost all matters.
of tongues”. (New International Version) No in the sense that in our parishes, the laity regards the
From the verse, the order is as follows: Priest (who is representing the Bishop) as a person they can
control. To most of us, the Priest should and could not tell us
1. Apostles (Elders/Bishops/Presbyters and Deacons as
what to do. In fact, the Priest should be at the beck and call
helpers)
of the members of the parish Council and the Baba Ijo (if it
2. Prophets exists).
3. Teachers For the parish, the Godly pattern for administration is that
4. Workers of miracles the Vicar presides over the church and carrying out all the
functions stated earlier for the Apostles of old. This he does
5. Other lesser gifts. in the name of the Bishop. He is to be assisted by other
There is no doubt that some gifts are higher that the other. ordained men of God in that parish.
In Vs. 31, Paul talked of desiring the best gifts. So whoever For the laity, as many as are filled with Holy Spirit are to be
wish to administer a church, should desire the gift of the involved in the administration of the parish to ensure that
Apostle or Elder. Also, all members of the church should the parish carry out its mission of reconciling men to God
desire a gift of the Holy Spirit, so that they can be part of and make them true followers of God.
the administration of the church they belong.
The Parish Council which is to assist the Vicar in his work
Positions in the administration of the church is for only those should comprise men of repute, filled with the Holy Spirit
who are filled with the Holy Spirit and wisdom, those who and wisdom. The members should be men on fire for God,
are of good repute as stated in Acts of Apostles 6 : 3 involved in a ministerial work in the church, winning souls
However, just like Paul showed the Corinthians a more for God.
excellent way of love, we must all use our gifts with love. I want to ask, how many of our Parish Council members can
The leader should exercise his authority with love and the either conduct a bible study, talk at a revival, preach at a
follower should love the leader. service or even effectively explain the new birth to an
It should be know that God places those he has called for unbeliever?
leadership in the high positions in His church and He equips If there is any among them who cannot do any of these,
them with special gifts of the Holy Spirit. especially explain what it is to have a new birth to an
Now a question arises for us in the Anglican Church, are we unbeliever; such a person does not deserve to be a member
following this pattern? My answer is yes and no. of the council.
Anybody that is involved in the administration of the church
(either member or staff) should be a child of God, born
again and filled with the Holy Spirit.
For the church of God to find its footing again and live up to
her purpose, we need to:
1. Really turn to God and uphold righteousness. There is
so much celebration of worldliness in the church. We
must work tirelessly to remove all forms of worldliness
in the church of God
2. We must identify our calling as Christians and follow
same with all our mind
3. We must prayerfully replace the composition of our
councils to reflect the pattern God intended. Let us
bring in more men/women filled with Holy Spirit and
let all parts of the church be represented by its
leaders in the council. All unfit people heading units in
the church should be changed with those whose
desire is the expansion of the Kingdom of God.

By Revd Dr. Adeolu Olusodo


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