Hello Church,

Now that you have seen lots of Biblical reasons to work together, here’s a little different perspective—the perspective from a US Navy aircraft squadron.

I (Gary Miller) was in the Navy for 22+ years. The chain of command is from the Commanding Officer (CO), a Commander (O-5), down to an Airman Recruit (E-1). Within the squadron are several departments, and branches within the departments. The jobs range from the CO leading the squadron, administrative jobs, training, aircraft maintenance, and many, many jobs within each type job!

Since it is a squadron of aircraft with its particular warfare specialty, there are also the aircrew. These also range from officers—pilots and naval flight officers, PLUS the rest of the aircrew which generally consists of Airman (E-3) to Chief Petty Officers (E-7 & 8). Each person, male and female, has their own training and specialties to keep both the aircraft flying safely and accomplishing it’s mission, AND keep the squadron and hangar facility operating efficiently. The jobs range from cleaning & maintaining of the “hangar” which typically houses all the personnel, plus space for aircraft maintenance when indoors, and then up to the CO and squadron personnel and aircrew. Many people with “ground jobs” in the hangar are also trained to be the aircrew when flying.

If everyone doesn’t do their particular job well, the personnel and aircraft will lose their effectiveness and people may get hurt—or even die. The service is a profession with many, many risks. Safety depends on everyone doing their job, and doing it well. This environment has many similarities to a church, or other Christian ministry. Someone is leading the ministry from the top—senior pastors generally fill these roles. Then there is a limited staff, and then LOTS and LOTS of volunteers—all needed to accomplish the “mission”.

The facilities must to be cleaned and maintained, there must be security to remain safe, lots of children’s ministries, youth ministry, prayer ministry, hospitality, worship & music ministries, puppet ministry, and many, many more! It is easy to understand how if various “functions” within the Church are not sufficiently staffed and maintained, the whole mission and the Body of the Church suffer.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration regarding your particular “specialty” or “willingness to be trained” for a particular job assignment or function within our Church!

But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:7
Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27

Many hands make light work!

Your DCC Board