The disciples were getting caught up administrating all the gifts that were coming in. Their passion was teaching and spreading the news about Jesus’ death and miraculous resurrection. However, someone needed to distribute the supplies that the early church had for its less fortunate. Worse than this, there were accusations of racial descrimination. The credibility of the church was at stake. The church solution was to appoint an administrative team. These practical workers would free up the apostles to do what they were called to do.
1 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. 2 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. 3 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 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
7 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.
- Who wasn’t getting food?
- What was the solution?
- What can we learn from the early church’s problem solving?
- How could you help administrate in ministry?
- Could you pray for good administration?