Early on in youth ministry I had a great team around me.
People who loved and cared about teens.
People who were dedicated to making a difference in young peoples lives.
There was only one problem.
I had nothing for them to do.
I was doing everything.
I didn’t want to overwork them, because after all, they were volunteers and I was the “paid professional” (uproarious laughter).
A healthy understanding of Ephesians chapter four has helped me grow into a leader of leaders.
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4.11-12, NLT)
In short my job is to create jobs for our volunteers to do.
I can trust others to lead us forward.
My job is to BUILD a team and RELEASE them to do the work of the ministry.
I’m not perfect.
I’m still working at it.
But ministry has been a lot more fun since it became about empowering others.