are all servants of Jesus. We serve him in many different
ways in the particular circumstances of our personal lives.
In addition, we undertake services in community. In CFC-FFL
we serve in 4 basic areas:
1) PASTORAL – As pastoral leaders taking care of people
(shepherds over the flock);
2) MINISTERIAL – In the ministries (Family, Social,
3) FUNCTIONAL – In the support structures such as
Home Office, PFO, etc.
4) PAROCHIAL – In our parishes.1
serve in the spirit of servant leadership. Part of this is
desiring to give our best in our particular service. As such,
there is a need to rationalize the allocation of time and
energy to the many different services in community, in order
1) One can focus on his/her assigned service.
2) One will not be overly burdened by having multiple services,
and end up depriving the work of the needed time and attention.
3) We will raise more servants to handle the different tasks.
such, we have a One-Service Rule. Basically, this means that
one assigned to a major service should not take on other services.
are considered major services?
1) Pastoral leadership. Household Servant, Unit Servant,
Chapter Servant, Cluster Servant, District Servant.
2) Overall heads of the ministries, including their major
3) Parish service that is strategic and entails much time
and effort (e.g., PPC head, major leader for BEC, major
leader of major religious group, etc.).
are certain exceptions to the rule.2 These are
for those persons who have the time and energy to do more
than one major task.3
1) Fulltime pastoral workers.4
2) Those who are retired and no longer holding a regular
3) Those who are doing secular work but not a regular office-type
job, thus having control of their own time.
4) Those who have no regular work and are not looking for
5) Those whose basic service, though important and major,
is such that they might not have to spend too much time
6) Those who do an additional service because there is no
one at the moment who can handle the same. As such, this
is a temporary arrangement.
7) Those who participate in other services but not as head
or in a major assignment.7
leaders are enjoined to help ensure that those under them
are not overly burdened by multiple services. District Servants
and Chapter Servants should work to raise servant leaders
to handle the various services, such that our One-Service
Rule may be observed.
One of CFC-FFL’s Core Values is “Being a Servant
to the Church.” We are parish-based and are committed
to support the life of the parish. As such, if one of our
members is involved in strategic parish work, we will consider
that as his/her service in CFC-FFL.
2 Be careful that the exception does not become the rule.
The spirit of the One-Service Rule should always be upheld.
3 Having the time and energy for more is not based solely
on one’s own preference, since there are those who are
so zealous they will accept any and all assignments, but can
still end up not being able to give enough to each assignment.
A decision to accept more service is made in consultation
with one’s pastoral leader and is subject to the approval
of the appropriate senior authority.
4 “All-the-timers” who serve have a regular job
and a service. In the case of fulltimers, they in effect have
a regular job (hired by community) and can also have another
5 Perhaps such a one might have independent financial means.
6 These can be a variety of situations. One might be a Country
Coordinator for a country that does not necessitate visits
(Catholic population might be so small that our community
does not really have the potential for growth). Or one might
be a Regional Coordinator where Area Coordinators and the
local territorial leadership are doing great work, thus necessitating
7 We all can and should participate in specific and occasional
activities, for example, WWP (e.g., a build) or Pro-Life work
(e.g., a march). Those who already have a major service can
also serve in other additional ways, such as being part of
a district or ministry core team.
(SG. April 28, 2009)