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The Church and Administration

The Church was established on a foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone (Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 3:11; etc.). Jesus himself gave leaders to the Church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Eph. 4:11), and the Holy Spirit gave His unique gifts and power to enable the work to be done (1 Cor. 12:7-11). 

Church administration is the organization and leadership that happens to help the Church to run effectively and on a mission. It is not a business forum, we sometimes have to act like one of them, but we as the Church have a global mission we have been a call to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Its administrator ensures the smoothness and efficient operation of a Church through overseeing the daily activities. Without leadership and administration, the Church will struggle to fulfill the mission of God. 

“This is why I left you in Crete so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you” (Titus 1:5).

Whether you are the Pastor or a member of your Church, you have an important role to play in your local Church.

The pastoral ministry had started when Dr. Miles Bronson ordained Omed. W. Momin was pastor of Rajasimla Church on April 14, 1867. On that day itself, Omed was charged in the presence of all, hands on him to range the hills, to preach, baptize, to do the work of a Christian pastor, and “to be faithful unto death.” 

The term Pastor means shepherd, and because there is much evidence that the pastor will best carry on an equipping ministry through teaching by example what it means to be an effective shepherd. Yet, in our culture today, not all pastors are. Thus they miss out on the essence of the ministry to which God has called them. The pastoral role is to do a shepherding of God’s flock bestowed upon them. The core primary duty of a pastor is to spread the word of God and shepherd the followers for their spiritual guidance (1 Peter 5:2-4). They should not do this by compelling to do so or because of their remunerations but have to do it voluntarily and willingly. So it lies and to provide the believers to follow the biblical principles. Pastors need to emphasize moral virtues that church members can possess and lead by exemplifying the highlights of Jesus Christ that taught. Therefore, shepherding should be one of his ministry’s most desirable and gratifying areas. If it is not and refuses to engage in such a ministry or participates in it reluctantly, they should not be pastoring. 

The pastors also need to fill biblical-directed qualities like compassion, humility, kindness, and understanding into another’s feelings. The central role of a Pastor is to be involved in prayerful communication with God and others. It may also lead others to demonstrate a strong knowledge of Scripture.

Generally, deacons function as servants before God, ministering to the people in the church practically. Deacons likewise must be men (women) of dignity, holding to the mystery of the faith with a conscience. Paul also said that deacons, like elders, are good family spiritual leaders. So, the Scripture defines that ministering as a deacon is a rewarding and faithful calling in the church by God.

The apostles appointed and appointed the first seven deacons (Acts. 6:1-7). First, they assigned them to distribute the foods to the needy, and later on, those in the churches who performed such works of service became known as deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-10). They must have full of the Spirit and wisdom.

The Deacons had not been selected in its early days when Dr. Miles Bronson established the First Church on April 14, 1867. In February 1876, Dr. E.G. Phillips and Dr. T.J. Keith visited Rajasimla, where they selected the first two deacons from the church members.

The pastors and the deacons mutually corporated in day-to-day life, and they faithfully served God in various ways. They even did among the poor people in terms of physical needs. Though they were much educated, every individual among the deacons maintained God’s principles. As of now, there are 97 deacons in the church right now and serving God faithfully.

Every woman is valued in all aspects of ministry. The Scriptures say God has ordained the family unit to serve as a model for the whole Church as defined in Ephesians 5. Several women in the Bible have played a key position in fulfilling God’s ideal, like Phoebe (a female deacon in the Church), as mentioned by Paul in Romans 16:1. He also refers to women such as Nympha in Colossians 4:15 and Chloe in 1 Corinthians 1:11 who held Churches in their houses.

In 1912, some women started to organize a worship service every Friday night, but unfortunately, their names were not mentioned in the Church’s history as stated by Rev. Rehunath K. Momin. We believe that Mrs. Jononi Momin was the first-ever “Women Leader” or “Ma’mong” during 1946, who also sincerely led the women’s ministry in a meaningful way. They were committed and became role models among the womenfolks. They made the distinctive aromas before others amidst the imperfections. Many of them testified God’s loving-kindness and were involved in sharing with dear ones.

Bible says, “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity” (1 Tim. 4:12). Serving the youths in the Church can prepare them for future leaders, but we need to contribute to the Church. We can see that God even used young people for His purposes like—David to lead the Israelites and Timothy to pastor and lead the Ephesian Church while they were teenagers.

In 1899, Bago D. Marak, the first evangelist appointed by Rajasimla Church who ventured out to the hill ranges, invited some young people to gather in one place and share the love of God. Again, many youngsters came forward and were impressed by his message. Their mass assembly with one another became huge. This foregathering evolved into a full-fledged ministry with the title “Pante-Metrarangni Kumonggrikani (PMK) or “Youth Fellowship.”

Youths are now becoming one of the most excellent instruments in the Church today. They are involved in the Bible Study programs, Evangelist Camps, Youth Conferences, Seminars, Workshop for pieces of music, and many others. They are also holding the Five Points Emphasis of Youths which led them to understand more. They are—Christian Witness, Christian World Outreach, Christian Citizenship, Christian Living, and Fellowship.

Mr. Tengrak G. Momin, Asst. Pastor is leading the young people of our Church till today. There are more than 900 active members under him.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matt. 19:14). So they are formed in mothers’ wombs according to His will (Jer. 1:5), and it is good that the children praise God. The most famous is Proverbs 22:6 that reads, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Therefore, proper Christian pieces of training are certainly needed in the Church (Heb. 10:25).

Bago D. Marak, who started the young people’s fellowship in 1899, was also the founder of the Children’s Ministry in Rajasimla. He had a passion and zeal to assemble the kids of the village. That knowledge of sharing with the kids became more acquainted. Therefore, the Church decided to promote their categories to classes—Beginners, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, Etc. These had made the children’s ministry strong, fueling and maintaining the whole church body.

The so-called Sunday School term was there from the beginning as it was organized every Sunday, but later on, it changed to Children’s Ministry. As of now, there are more than 250 students.

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