People not structures

"The search for effective programmes will fail. In God’s service there are only effective people."

That's a quote from Mark Ashton's book, 'Christian Youth Work'. Isn't it brilliant? There's all sorts of discussion around about how church structures should work; whole denominations are split over different patterns of church leadership. We could easily get bogged down with making sure we've got the right things happening each week, and could easily think everything is going well with church when our busy programme is working like a well-oiled machine.

Perhaps this is a timely reminder that our energy should be put into people - making each other more godly. That way, whatever programmes we do or don't have really doesn't matter. What we will have are people living and doing right.