Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Great Team I Serve With...

I have the privilege to serve with some amazing people at PCC – a group of self-motivated individuals who demonstrate initiative, a “can do” attitude, and a willingness to shoulder the heavy end of the log.

This group of people is mixture of full-time staff, part-time staff, and volunteers; all of whom I consider staff and colleagues and fellow laborers in the ministry.

What’s so great about them?

#1 – They See the BIG PICTURE

A good staff member or ministry leader sees the big picture and how all the parts fit together as a whole. While its important for a ministry leader to have a passion and ownership of his/her ministry area, it’s more important they have a passion for the church as a whole! Such a person will gladly lay aside his/her plans if it’s in the best interest of the church.

When a ministry leader begins to focus on his/her ministry area more than the church as a whole, the church has a huge problem. It is probably time for that person to be corrected or removed.

PCC does not operate as a federation of sub-ministries with each one having it own agenda and pulling in its own direction. We are one body made up of many parts and fit together for the same mission. The team I serve with understands this principle and that’s why it is such a joy to be the lead pastor at PCC.

#2 - They Succeed with Limited Resources

The team I serve with is creative, resourceful, and innovative. They get a lot of kingdom work accomplished without complaining about the need for more money or funding. They gather help, inspire their teams, and use their gifts to advance the ministry. Like the Marine Corps, these people Adapt, Improvise, & Overcome. Thanks for a job well done!

When people begin to use resources as an excuse for a stagnant or failing ministry I know they are in trouble and have lost the art of being innovative. Most likely they are spoiled, expecting more and more; which is never enough.