In those days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor – Luke 6:12-16
One of the early challenges of United Body will be to establish a core group. The intent of this core, similar to the apostles (not in role but in selection) will be to oversee the task at hand and who will assist in overseeing various aspects of this initiative. As Jesus chose the apostles among his disciples, these apostles by their God given authority would oversee the work of many priests and deacons that would assist in the mission of Jesus Christ.
The apostles themselves could not administer to all the tasks required by their office and had to delegate tasks to presbyters. Their role could compare to a CEO in the modern world which inevitability prevents them from being able to do all small tasks and are better suited to work on the greater vision of the Lord for that is what was required of them.
You can imagine the great mission of St. Paul and what he had to do for the Gentiles. He could not possibly do all that is required by his office and that he almost needed to delegate tasks to those that supported him. Similar to United Body, a core group will be required with the intent of overseeing and managing the effort and overseeing the work of those who support the initiative. The core will be responsible for ensuring the initiative proceeds and will oversee various aspects of the initiative, according to the abilities they were given to by God.
What are some qualities required by the core? Here are some of the key requirements:
- As a bear minimum they must be striving towards perfection. Are they themselves perfect? Hardly, but they must have a firm commitment towards perfection. Perfection is a life long journey and so as long as one is proceeding towards that path, one could be part of the core. As one proceeds towards perfection, virtue will naturally follow and grow within such a person. One of the most important ones being humility. Pride will always be a fight to the end but so as long as one is nurturing humility, we can with some certainty be content that this person will not thwart the effort.
- There must also be a heroic disposition. What I mean by this is this individual must desire to do heroic things for the Lord, for this initiative demands that type of individual. Not for their own glory but God’s. Why? Well, to undo all the damage done and for the challenging fight up ahead, this is absolutely required. It is not so much about who is the most courageous but rather who wishes to do great things for the Lord, His church and His people (never for oneself). This cannot be forced or willed for. I believe this is disposition given by God and will be common among the core.
- The core must be composed of individuals with different temperaments. This cannot be an effort for just melancholics or the fierce cholerics. The church is a body with many different members who each have a very important role to play and the core must be representative of the variety of the body in order that it may serve and aid the global body. If we were to make a solution using only melancholics, we would find that the sanguines may absolutely be against it, and vice versa. Variety in the core, just as there is a variety of abilities in the body, is absolutely required.
I am confident that a core can be established but it will not be easy to achieve. Do such individuals even exist that have the above traits? I do believe so but till now there was no way to reach such individuals. One of the intents of my writings is to find these individuals that will be part of the core. Once we have a core, we can begin to develop the vision.
I pray with time that the Lord will reveal all things. May His will be done, not ours.