1 Chronicles 9:20
“And Phinehas the son of Eleazar was the ruler over them in time past, and the LORD was with him.”
Organization is the key to any organization flourishing, or any cause being furthered. It doesn’t matter how much money you have; your money will be thrown to the wind if there is no organization in the church or company into which you are putting your money. A company will falter without organization, a family will have strife without organization, and a church will never grow without organization.
Throughout the Scriptures, God shows the importance of organization. 1 Chronicles 9 is one of those times where He shows its significance. In this chapter, there were different positions and clearly defined responsibilities for each person to carry out. This organization allowed Israel to conquer the Promised Land. If you want your church, company, or whatever you are over to flourish, you would be wise to follow the structure of organization laid out in this chapter. Let me show you the structure that God reveals.
First, organization needs clear powers of authority. In the verse above, it says that Eleazar “was the ruler over them.” There must be clearly defined leaders in every organization. Anything with more than one head is a monster. God set the pastor over the church, the husband over the home, and the boss over the servant. There must be that person who makes the final decision in everything. Chaos is avoided if one person is making that final decision.
Second, organization needs delegation. You will find throughout this chapter that the rulers delegated responsibilities to different people. One person can’t do everything, and those in charge must realize that they must delegate responsibilities if they want their organization to grow. Many small businesses fail because an owner doesn’t trust anyone enough to delegate authority to them. Likewise, many churches struggle because a pastor won’t delegate some responsibilities to others. Every leader must realize that they can’t do everything; therefore, they must learn to delegate responsibilities if they want their business, church or cause to grow.
Third, organization takes administration. When you learn to delegate is when the administration becomes essential. In other words, there must be chains of command, and they must be followed. The person at the top can’t make every decision; that is why they delegated a portion of their decision-making to someone else. In verse 23, some people had “oversight,” which is merely pointing out that they were the ones in charge of that area. If everyone follows the administration that is set up, you will find less friction and more positive results.
Fourth, organization takes appointed duties. Verse 27-28, show that people had the “charge” of responsibilities. Everyone must stay within their area or duties for an organization to work properly. Crossing over into another’s area of responsibility must never be allowed if you want the established organization to function.
Fifth, organization takes communication. Communication is the key to organization. A lack of communication results in frustration, chaos and division. Clearly communicating with each other will keep everyone knowing what is expected of them.