I have an unbelievably horrible memory. There have been way too many times that I will get up to do something and by the time I get to where I was going (no matter how close it is to my start point) I forget what I was intending to do. This is terribly frustrating to me and I know it’s frustrating for others around me. Now, even though my memory is bad, I’d imagine most people who work in church, or are key players in their church, tend to forget why they do what they do. And if we who are in places of influence can loose track of our direction, how much more must it happen with the rest of the volunteers? It crucial that we take the time to remind those we are called to lead of the point of it all. If we don’t, the pleasure, joy and purpose that was once found in service will loose it’s luster, leaving people wondering if this is still worth their time or perhaps serving out of a sense of obligation. Each Sunday morning I have a few brief moments with our volunteers to speak into what we’re doing that morning, some time to pray, and I will sometimes share a piece of that purpose. I should probably do this more often than I do, as I have shown above, but I don’t always have the time based on how the morning is going. Here are a few things that I remind our team of (sometimes just through praying over the morning): Help them discover him more deeply: Each Sunday there are different people coming in the doors for different reasons having just experienced a different week. Some need a reminder, some encouragement, some need community, but regardless of what particular need they have, God has given each of us the opportunity to be the vessels through which God’s message is carried. God has something unique to share with each of us, but he uses his people to do it, and when that’s in reference to a Sunday morning service, the people he is going to use is us. We simply want to make the most of this opportunity when people’s ears and hearts are more open to hearing what God might have to say to them. To represent God to people: This is why we make a big deal of being planned out and prepared. It’s not that God can’t move spontaneously. He absolutely can and does. But the less you plan and the more you leave things open-ended, the more you make room for mistakes to happen. Mistakes bring the attention off of God and onto us, which is not what we want to do. And besides, can’t God also move in the planning process? Mistakes will happen. That’s never going to change. But our aim is to put our team is a position to succeed at the tasks we are asking of them; wether it’s playing the right bass line to the song, or hitting that lighting cue at the right moment. When all is said and done, our job is show people who God is and give them the chance to choose for themselves wether the believe he’s worth following or not, and the best way to show God is to get out of the way! Encouraging others in their faith: I connect this with how we interact with each other and the community we form. I like to remind my team of the importance of communicating one single message, both on stage and off. It’s extremely important that we carry ourselves in a manner that is cohesive with what is being spoken and sung from stage. These are just a few things that you may want to try with your team. You’d be amazed the difference it can make in the attitudes of how your team looks at service. When people feel that what they’re doing has purpose and meaning, they tend to be way more tempted to do it, and enthusiastic in the process.
- Doug McClinsey on Keep It Simple