Sorry, You Can’t Do Everything

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Ah, ministry. Whether it’s full-time or part-time, ministry is the greatest thing one can do with their lives. “Ministry” comes from the Greek word diakoneo, which mean “to serve” or douleuo, which can mean “to serve as a slave.” It’s often seen as service to God, and for the Christian this example of ministry is found in the life of Jesus.

I believe ministry doesn’t just take place on big platforms, or during huge moments of faith. It’s much bigger than this. Ministry happens every day of our lives. It’s the conversations we have with people, the way we give to others, and how we display Jesus in our world. Ministry is about stopping for the moments in life that others might overlook. It’s about loving the people that others may find “unlovable”.

Often, I hear people say they are “called to ministry”. It’s an exciting statement and it usually comes from someone who is completely sold out on loving God and serving Him with their lives. But many times this declaration can come without a full understanding of what ministry is. Let’s be honest. Ministry puts a huge demand on our lives. Whether it’s working for a church, traveling to different countries to provide aid, or dropping your co-worker off after work. Ministry can pull parts out of us that we never knew were there.

If we are a part of someone’s first encounter with Jesus, or their recommitment to Jesus, we instantly become attached to their lives. Now, with literally a whole world to reach, it can be tricky, if not impossible, to be involved in everyone’s life. But for some reason we try. I’ve learned the hard way that I can’t do everything.

I know we like to think we can at times, but we can’t. We can pray, we can strategize, we can preach, we can lead, we can visit hospitals, we can dedicate children, we can meet with business owners, we can disciple, we can raise our kids, we can love our spouses, we can do that all…….but not at the same time.

You’ll never impact the world around you, until God impacts the heart inside you.

We leaders can burn ourselves out by trying to do everything, and if we’re not careful, our selfless, sacrificial serving can become burdened and obligated. The key to truly making a difference in our communities is realizing we need other people around us to help the vision God has put inside us. I want to highlight a few things that will keep us from trying to do everything.

1. Fulfill your ministry

From the jump, we’ve got to recognize what God has called us to. Many times people struggle to understand the vision of our organizations because we’re trying to do too much. What makes In-N-Out burger so awesome is there’s only a few things on the menu. They do a couple things, but they do it great! Fruitfulness isn’t always about doing more, it’s about doing better. What do you feel God has called you to?

As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5

2. Know your gauges

There’s nothing more damaging than a leader who knows they’re empty but tries to keep pouring out. This is where discipleship is so key. If we’re raising people up to do what we do, we’ll learn to be okay with not doing everything. Sometimes we just need to rest and take a break. Lazy leadership is more dangerous than you think. Every time we try to do something mediocre, we may be hindering someone else from doing it great.

3. Involve other people

Remember, Jesus used a group of 12 ordinary men to impact the world. He could have easily done everything, but there were key moments where he involved the people around Him. He multiplied the bread, but He had the disciples distribute it. What things have you been holding on to that maybe you can start distributing?

These are just three quick points (and there’s so many more) that can help us not do everything. Paul said “I have become all things to all people” not “I do all things for all people”. Let’s be aware of where we are, and realize God wants to minister to us before we go out and minister to others. We can only preach the Gospel, when we’ve truly been changed by the Gospel. If it’s finished through Jesus, we’ve got to rest in His everything, instead of creating our own.

We love you, we believe in you, we’re praying for you!

 

 

 

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The Ten Traits of a Team Member

Life needs team. Not just businesses, not just professional sports leagues, not just parenting, but life itself needs to be done together. It’s easy to say that we can do things on our own, but regardless of how strong, talented, anointed, confident and bold we are, we will always need a team. We need people we can lean on and run with. People that will tell us what we need to hear, not just what we want to hear. From the beginning God  established Himself as being in community (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). Then in a a similar way, He invites and designs man to dwell in community.

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone – Genesis 2:18 (KJV)

For the past few weeks we’ve been reflecting on what a team member looks like. After much consideration, here are some thoughts and points that our staff have been refreshing on recently

1. I Understand Team

If you’re going to be on a team, you need to know what a team is all about. Team is about a group of individuals that come together to achieve a common goal. It’s not about being recognizing or about being acclaimed. It’s about leaning on one another to accomplish a goal.

2. I Have Learned To Honor

I wish that honor was something all of us were born with, but unfortunately this is not the case. A great team member will not just talk about honor, but they will exemplify what it means to honor. Honor recognizes the people that have gone before us and is greatly impacted by their sacrifices. If your team knows how much it took to get your church or organization this far, they will handle their responsibilities with greater care.

3. I Know How To Communicate

Communication is essential to the growth and success of a team. I’ve made a promise to myself that I won’t wait for someone to approach me about something I haven’t told them about. Let me explain. If we’re going through a problem, we can sometimes have the tendency to wait for our leaders to approach us. Don’t expect your leaders (or team) to be mind readers. Don’t wait for them to investigate your life and ask you if something is wrong. Let’s be leaders who communicate and procrastinate.

4. I Am A Prayer Starter and A Problem Solver

I’m looking for people on my team that won’t wait to be told they need to pray for something. Especially in areas of ministry, we can’t get caught discussing a big problem until we’ve first prayed about. Don’t let God be the last person you talk to!

5. I Have A “Can Do” Attitude

Positivity is so huge for the team. Look for someone who believes they can do what’s put in front of them. Many times we’re looking for the most skilled or the most talented team member. But what happens when the task before them is outside of their skill set? I want people on my team that may not know how to do everything, but are willing to learn, or find someone who can do it!

6. I Have Developed Life Skills

Speaking as a youth pastor, this is a big one for me. I believe if someone can’t take care of their life how will they take care of responsibilities on the team? If they can’t keep their car clean, or their house clean, how will they be able to keep their office or your meeting space clean? Believe me life skills goes way beyond cleanliness.  Can the people on your team hold conversations? Can they order something from a restaurant in a polite way? Can they return phone calls? Can they write a proper email? Do they come to work groomed and dressed nice? Are they on time? These may seem basic, but if the people on your team struggle with these areas, it will reflect back on you.

7. I Have the Right Tone

Tone is very important. Some people may have the right answers, but if they don’t have the right tone, they’ll lose credibility and influence fast. I believe there’s a tone to everything we do. For instance, believing some of God’s promises require a tone from our spirit. It’s not “I guess I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…” The tone of your spirit has a lot to do with the timing of God’s promise.

8. I Don’t Gossip

I understand there will be disagreements on team, but let’s be people who share our frustration with the right people. Gossip is like the serpent in the Garden of Eden. It sneaks up on you and before you know it you’re engaging in conversation. Don’t get caught talking about someone that you can easily go talk to.

9. My Maturity is Bigger than my Personality 

This point rings so true in leadership. It seems that we can assume having a big personality is essential to influence. This may be true, but if the people on your team are into what they do individually than they are as a team, there may be some problems. I’m all for expression and individual passion, but being on team means being committed to the success of everyone and not just ourselves.

10. I Am Sold Out to this Vision

I need people on my team that are committed to this vision. The worst thing we can do is have people that say they’re here, but then as soon as they clock out or leave the meeting, they’re off to what their life is really about. As leaders, we must believe that God has brought the people that are on our team. Whether they’re with us for 10 years or 10 weeks, our responsibility is to properly articulate and exemplify the vision that we’re asking them to serve. I’ve never heard of a part-time world changer. We want people on our teams that live out the mission, not just people that claim to live it out.

If you keep these points as priorities in your life, the way you look at your teams will change for the good. These ten traits are meant to serve as a measurable for who you need to pull in a little closer, and even maybe those who need be pulled back. Praying that you’ve been helped, and praying that your teams will continue to grow and multiply!

-BH