Nigel Ring blogs about organising the Newfrontiers leadership conference, sharing from the key roles involved. Helpful stuff from a gifted administrator (1 Cor 12:28), a much needed gift for the church!
There is administration to do in my work and I really have to work hard to do it because its out of my gifting - I love the big picture but detail is something I find more difficult. Because it's difficult it'd be easy to convince myself that it's not necessary or even that it's unspiritual.to have plans and programmes and budgets and strategy and order.
Thing is, so many of the best things are only possible with advance planning and excellent administration. Great things rarely just happen out of no-where. Reflecting on last year and looking ahead over the next it's a joy to see where a plan has come together and the opportunities that has created for God's people to meet with him, whether Christians growing or those who weren't Christians coming to hear the gospel.
An unformed, unfilled, unplanned blur of a year would have been one without the effects of the creative word of God (Genesis 1:1-2), one lacking the implementation of the benevolent rule of God. He spoke form into the universe and began to fill it, before comissionning animals to continue the filling and then humanity to both further form and fill the good world that he'd made. Shape and structure are the fruit of God's word. It's a stark contrast with the default student life that blurs home and workplace, rest and work and night and day.
For us an unplanned year would have meant not having Mike Reeves and Pete Greasley address the South West students at our regional conferences (which would also not have happened), and no programme of seminars designed to equip leaders with the gospel.Without a well executed plan there would have been no students reading Free gospels (that was a plan that you can track back a good couple of years). There would have been no Robin Sydserf, John Risbridger, Graham Beynon, Nick Howard or Michael Ots preaching evangelistically to crowds of students. There would have been no new staff or Relays to be involved in the work this year, and no communication or salaries or support for them, and no-one praying for what they're doing. No Forum last year with John Piper or with Terry Virgo this year. But then there might not be any work to do either...
I love it when a plan comes together! I look ahead and dare to imagine what God might do through this years plans, even above and beyond them, even changing and adapting and expanding our small vision of what's possible. Faith-filled structure and planning opens the door for the increase and spread of the word of God, the overflow of divine life into a sin-dead world.