Thank God for Special People!
I have been asked often, what kind of person are you looking for when developing your Ministry Team? Two things…..Skill and Passion! An organization cannot be successful in ministry if you only have one of these traits. Unfortunately, there are many ministries that were founded out of passion, but then failed due to lack of skill. It’s a unique mix and one that I would like to discuss today.
There are many people throughout the world that would consider themselves “Missionaries”. I’m not fond of labels on anyone as that is all they are, labels. No one mission is exactly alike, nor are any of the people that serve in them alike. It’s what God did to make us all unique and special. These special traits also equip each one of us to accomplish the task that has been lain before us. The challenge is, we all are not equipped to handle every challenge, we have to work with those that have different skills to make the total work more successful. I know, unique concept, huh? You would be surprised how many ministries miss this point and thus fail. So how do we address this dilemma?
First off, recognize the need. Analyze your staff and prepare to “staff” their weaknesses. Recognition is a good thing, not bad. None of us are perfect, but we all are charged to be good stewards and use the gifts that God has provided as efficiently and effectively as possible. Once the need is addressed, the ministry can thrive! This is the core fiber of “Optimizing Ministry”.
The next challenge is to instill accountability and transparency. No organization can operate without a sound execution strategy. This strategy should be constantly analyzed and also all activity held up against it to determine if the team is on the right track to executing the goals of the ministry. This is what is expected from your supporters and volunteers. No one wants to invest time or resources in a ministry that is not going to yield good results.
The next is my favorite……get over yourself! Yes, that’s right! It’s not about you! It’s about those you are serving, period. There is a title that is used within many circles in both business and ministry that defines this as “Founder’s Syndrome”. I have seen it in many ministries, some very successful for a while, but then all of a sudden it becomes more about the individual and not about the ministry itself. Not good! You will see these organizations begin to have personnel issues and a lot of turnover. The staff that remains are all “yes” people that don’t push the ministry but follow it to extinction. Don’t let this happen to you!
There are many other areas to look at, but my last area to discuss is compassion. Compassion for those you serve, but also those that serve alongside you. Ministry work is tough, but it is also the most rewarding role you will ever play in your life. That’s the good news! The bad news is that you have to show grace and compassion for people of many cultures, backgrounds, etc. Your world view is not the same as someone else and the sooner you realize it, the better! The journey is amazing and you will find that you will never be the same once having ventured out of your comfort zone. Jump aboard and let’s go make great things happen! Thank God for people like you!