As we gear back up from vacations, we're diving head first into "designing" ministry. One of our strategic plans and initiatives for the Fall is systems and processes for each of our ministry areas. All of us at Meadow Heights realize that we cannot lead effectively without systems in place. I like to think of it in terms of leading versus doing. Too many times over the past year I have found myself as a "leadoer" instead of a "leader." It's an easy trap to fall into, especially when things are moving fast and progress is a must.
It's also very difficult to break away from this type of system because everyone gets used to the results and they forget about the process it took to get there. Leaders can train themselves to think this way as well, which is a dangerous place to be. Bryan, our lead pastor, has challenged all of us on staff to evaluate everything we do and place it in two categories - keep and give away (sounds like a show on TLC!). Our challenge is to give away as much ministry as possible, and what we keep needs to be designed to its full potential. Our unique contribution should be towards those things that only we can do. Everything else should be given away.
So now the challenge begins, and I can't wait to give away as much of my job as possible!! Let the designing begin!!