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Thursday, 23 May 2019

Order and Excellence Series – Introductory Fundamentals (Part 1)

Order is defined as “the arrangement or disposition of people or things in relation to each other according to a particular sequence, pattern, or method” (The Oxford Dictionary).

Order means to arrange, marshal, organize, systematize or methodize. It is all about putting persons or things into their proper places and perspective in relation to each other. 

Literally, the process involves straightening up things so as to eliminate confusion.

Excellence is defined as “a talent or quality which is unusually good and surpasses ordinary standards” (Wikipedia). Synonyms associated with excellence include distinction, first-rateness, greatness, perfection, pre-eminence, primeness, superbness, superiority and supremacy.

Written By Tapiwa Zuze

Having travelled to Amsterdam, Netherlands; I saw a practical exhibition of order and excellence at Shiphol Airport. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has got check-in facilities are seamless. I did my check-in procedures, weighed and checked-in my baggage, weighed my hand luggage, scanned my passport, printed and attached my baggage tags, printed my boarding pass and proceeded to the security, immigration and boarding gate all by myself.
Order and Excellence Series –  Introductory Fundamentals (Part 1)
Order and Excellence Series –  Introductory Fundamentals (Part 1)
There were two check-in agents standing close to the counters waiting to assist anyone who might have a challenge here and there. But, ideally, the whole process one could complete by yourself. This was a great display of order and excellence in practice. 

The terms order and excellence are also synonymous with managing a house. It is everyone’s desire, under normal circumstances, to live in a house that exibits a great deal of order and excellence.

You would feel comfortable walking into a house with a well-painted gate, a clean pathway, a veranda that is well decorated, sofas that are neatly arranged, served water in a sparkling clean water glass, served well-cooked hot dinner, watch a television set that is well set-up, bath in a tab that is sparkling clean with a refreshing gel, sleep in a well-lit spare bedroom with clean sheets and many other goodies that spice up a well-managed house.

In Acts 6; the early church (a house) had become disorderly and mediocre in its management affairs. “Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution” Acts 6:1. As the problem became apparent, the Apostles (strategic leadership), proposed the appointment of Deacons (management and administration), as a way of separating the primary mandate of the church from its supporting functions.

The Apostles understood that given their huge mandate assigned to them in Matthew 28:19-20 (The Great Commission); “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables” Acts 6:2b. Their solution was simple: Appoint Deacons who will then manage the support functions of the church.
It is important for us to understand that God advocates for order and excellence in any set-up; because everything about Him resembles the same. He has been quoted in the scriptures a number of times castigating confusion and disorder. We also the Apostle Paul giving instructions to Titus for him to set-up things in order. “For this reason, I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you” Titus 1:5. Modern-day international church leaders such as Bishop TD Jakes and Dr Bill Winston have adopted order and excellence in the running of their ministries.

If you look at how their activities, programmes, media and other arms of service are well coordinated; there is serious order and excellence!

There are three fundamental principles that we learn from the early church leaders in Acts 6:

1. Division of Labour:
We see this through their separation of the pulpit ministry from the day-to-day administration of the church.

2. Appointment of Heads of Departments (HODs):
We see this through the appointment of a seven-member administration board (deacons) who were now in charge of daily support services, including the equitable distribution of food to the widows.

3. Elimination of Micromanaging Practices:
We see this through the appointment of a full administration board, thereby delegating the administrative responsibility to the deacons. Never again do we see the Apostles being involved directly in administrative issues. They continued with their primary mandate: prayer and pulpit ministry.

We are continuing with the Order and Excellence Series in the next article.
Order and Excellence Series –  Introductory Fundamentals (Part 1)
Order and Excellence Series –  Introductory Fundamentals (Part 1)
About Tapiwa Zuze (Administrator, Accountant, Leadership Coach, Conference Speaker, Minister, Author, Blogger.) Check out for his upcoming books under the CALLED TO ADMINISTER SERIES. The first PDF book on Church Finances, Accounting and Reporting will be launched on June 30, 2019.

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