Organizational Structure in the Bible

The God of this world is not a God of chaos, but a God of peace (1 Cor. 14:33). Though He moves to and fro throughout the world like the wind, He is intentional and structured. We see His desire for structure throughout the Scriptures.

One clear example of this is in the book of Exodus. Moses was called by God to lead the people of Israel. (Ex. 3) One of his responsibilities as leader was to help the people know the statutes of God and His laws, (Ex. 18:16). However, when his father-in-law Jethro visited with him, he observed that Moses was taking on too much work. He saw that Moses attempted to meet the needs of the people by himself and feared that he would get burned out (v. 17). He instructed Moses to continue guiding the people, but to do that by way of overseers, trusted men who would manage smaller groups of people, (v. 19-23). These men would decide smaller matters, but the larger ones they could bring to Moses. In the end, this system of organization would make it easier for Moses.

Much like Moses’ structured leaders for the nation of Israel, an effective leader and an efficient church understands the importance of having a clear organizational structure with defined authority, roles, and responsibilities.

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