The simple truth to life lately has been that transition is happening. Not only in my life after making a commitment to stay in Central Florida with the people of Northland, A Church Distributed, but also with how we are approaching things at Northland.
This weekend I had the incredible opportunity to visit Northern Indiana for a wedding of some close friends. But during my time in Granger I was able to get a few conversations in about how I should take my next steps in the role I currently serve. For so long I’ve been thinking I needed to just do more ministry. That my role was ministry and that’s the reason I worked at a church. But after this weekend I am certain that church staff shouldn’t do ministry. Isn’t that a crazy thought? Let me explain.
One of my conversations was with Granger Community Church’s Director of Volunteer Involvement. He made an incredible remark to me that changed how I see my role when he said, “as church staff we should facilitate ministry and allow our leaders to do ministry”. It’s a crazy way of thinking but it’s so true! Facilitate simply means to make something easier. How great would it look if as church staff we would step back in being so task-focused and task-driven and allowed our leaders to step up and into doing ministry. We’re here to help equip them and disciple them in doing their ministry; to provide them with the tools they need.
Are you on staff at a church? I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you lead your volunteers and how you embrace the many different folks that come to you and how you reach out to those who don’t. firstname.lastname@example.org