It should not be about one person… Our ministries should not center around us… People should not be so dependent on us, that if we left, the ministry would fail. It shouldn’t be about attaining a celebrity status in our ministry or ministry circles. Our lives should not take away from Jesus, but should confidently point to Him. Every program and task should not center around us and lead us to the point of burn out. We should not create unrealistic expectations for the people we serve by saying yes to every opportunity. We should not be the center of focus and take away from gifted volunteers and students who desire to serve…
In our culture today, I see a common issue in churches: People are looking for the leader to answer all the problems and be the icon of the ministry. People love celebrities and often love to create celebrity pastors who are on stage. I also see that many of us secretly enjoy the iconic leadership and focus. Many of us have become addicted to the feelings of affirmation when we think people depend on us…
However, as a leader of students and families, it is imperative that we realize ministry is most effective when the Body of Christ is fully utilized. It is wholly unhealthy for everything to center on one person… We must recognize how healthy and effective ministry comes from a good leader leading a team of people to accomplish the vision. It is imperative that we do all we can as leaders to create environments where the rest of the Body of Christ can work together.
Therefore, it’s imperative I see myself as one part of the Body of Christ, and not the guy who does it all…
Here’s Some Things We Can Focus On:
Replace Yourself: How are you training volunteers to do what you do? If you are a volunteer, how are you training others to do what you do? How are you training students to do what you do?
Give Opportunity to Others: Whether volunteers or students, how often are we putting others up front to lead? What healthy risks are we taking to see others thrive in opportunities?
Let Go of Perfection: Are we looking for perfection when others start leading, or are we looking for potential? We must start with potential. Some of the most brilliant leaders have had a challenging start, but have flourished later.
Training or Doing? How much of our time is taken up in training – compared to doing? Take a look at your schedule and see how much you are doing compared to training.
Talk Others Up: How much praising of others are we doing to take the focus off of ourselves? Praise parents for the God given job they do. Praise volunteers in front of students. Praise students publicly when they serve in big and small ways.
Give Them The Tools: What tools do you and your leaders need to grow and lead? Email training tips – Make training videos – Buy “how to” youth ministry books – Take them on a conference if you have the budget.
Train In The Teachable Moments: See every youth program as a ministry classroom. How much “on the job” training are we really doing? Do we see our programs purely to teach and train students? Or do we see them as a classroom for youth ministry training?
Just some thoughts. I would love to hear yours…