Content by Rev. Micah James, CCA
Administration is an important task at any time of the year, but especially Advent. Advent is a season of beautiful traditions, meaningful worship, and community gatherings. One of the main tasks of administrators during this season is to work behind-the-scenes to make sure the focus of the seasons stays the focus.
During this three-part series of “Admin In Advent”, we will highlight some of the ways that administrators (yes, that’s you) can bring meaning and purpose to this season. We hope you enjoy the series and find the Advent season full of meaningful anticipation.
The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-20, The Message)
About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.
While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel. There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is
Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed. Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!
Did you see all the administration that happened at the birth of Jesus? Census takers, travel coordinators, angelic communicators, and music directors. Administrators are a key part to making the ministry of the church happen, everyday.
- Who are the census takers in your church? Who is making sure that everyone is accounted for this season? Is there someone making calls or visits to make sure that, especially in this season, everyone feels welcome.
- Who are the logistics people? Who will make sure the doors are unlocked, the lights are on, the hymnals dusted and the coffee on? Who is going to do the things that “magically just get done”?
- Who is telling the story? Yes, the story of Christ coming, but also the story of your church’s unique ministry and mission. Who is going to make sure that your town, high and low, knows that your community is doing good work for God?
- Who is bringing the joy to the season? In song or decoration, worship or fellowship, who is making sure that your community enjoys its time together during Advent?
If you can answer these four questions, you are well on your way to a beautiful administratively coordinated season.