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Affluent Christian Investor | October 22, 2017

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Is Being Good At Administration Unspiritual?


“And God has appointed in the church, first apostles,

second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then

gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds

of tongues” – 1 Corinthians 12:28.

Organization and administration are not modern phenomena, nor are they purely management concepts. As you can see from this verse, they are a spiritual expression. God appoints administrations in the church to bring the order in the midst of creativity that God loves. If God appoints an administrator, then God will anoint an administrator, which makes organization a spiritual exercise and experience. Do you your organizational duties as spiritual? Can you see that administration in some settings as spiritual? What are the implications for you and your work when you see organization as God-ordained and supported?

Lord, I see now that organization is not a necessary management exercise; it’s Your idea and can be spiritual. I want to be a spiritual organizer, drawing on Your help and wisdom to do what needs to be done. Help me bring the order You desire to whatever role I play, whether in or outside the Church.

From my book A String of Pearls.


Originally published on John Stanko’s LinkedIn.

John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively.

Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011.

John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.


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