Archive for September 4th, 2007

No Lone Rangers Allowed

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Tim Schmoyer over at Life in Student Ministry has been posting on the Ten Commandments For Surviving In Youth Ministry.  Today he addresses the aspect of being team based.  Here is what he writes:

“Thou shalt not be a solo act. Don’t build the ministry around yourself. If you do, the ministry dies when you leave. Focus on building and training solid volunteers who can do ministry just as effectively as you can. Function as an adult team leader even more than you function as a youth leader. You can’t possibly reach every kid in your community, but with a strong team of qualified individuals, you multiply yourself and your reach goes a lot further than it would otherwise. If you find that you do more than 80% of the total work load for your ministry, you’re doing too much. For larger youth groups, that percentage should drop for you, too. Delegate. Train. Equip. Guide. And whatever you do, don’t be a control freak. Give your volunteers the freedom to maybe not do as well as you could on their first or second try. (I find that most of them actually do better than me!) The old cliché is true: work yourself out of a job.”

If I haven’t said it enough yet, I so appreciate the team that we have!  There is no way that Kim and I could effectively minister to and reach out to the youth at Impact the way we can without all of the dedicated service of such an amazing team of leaders.  Everything that we do, we try to do based on the method of “team”.  There is just no better way to do ministry – in any setting.  Wayne Cordeiro’s book “Doing Church As A Team” has played such a vital part in how we do ministry as a team.

“Few things are more beautiful to God than seeing His people serve and work together in a united rhythm.  It’s like a symphony to His ears.” – Wayne Cordeiro

As each of us fulfill the calling that God has placed in our lives it amazes me how He brings us all together to compliment the work that each other does.  We truly are stronger as a whole when we serve in unity.  Thank you all again for your service and yes, sometimes great sacrifice.  May you each be as blessed as you are a blessing!

Another worthwhile post from “integrity”

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In addressing how sacrifice helps set our growth patterns as people of character, Dr. Henry Cloud has this to say:

“It begins with investment.  It doesn’t begin with just saying we care about something.  It has to be exercised, and internalized.  But like all internalizations or growth, the structure of the patterns have to be exercised first, both to wean oneself from the pull of the shallow existence that is comfortable, as well as find the realization of the fulfillment of the deeper life.  If you never stop eating potato chips to try a steady diet of healthy food, you will never realize the true change of taste that happens when you eat what your body was designed to eat.  But after you do, and sustain it, you can never go back, other than for an occasional holiday binge that ultimately your system rejects and you find yourself longing to be back on the wagon.

People who develop this kind of transformation and sustain it do it with a structured approach, at least in the beginning.  They take a class, get a spiritual director or mentor, volunteer in an organization, join a growth group, or find some other path that has a structure to it.  When they do that, and it includes the elements of awareness, a template, stretching experiences, practice, correction, feedback, it slowly becomes their own.  Then they might morph the structures to fit their own style or needs or even launch out into something new.  But, first, they submit to some structured growth path to stretch themselves and mold this aspect of their being.

The more that they adapt and submit themselves to that structure, the more that they see aspects of themselves that are not as transcendent as they once thought.  They are humbled and see the need to grow even more.  The task that they are about gets them in touch with both the enormity of the need that they have given themselves to, as well as their own inadequacies to meet that need or to measure up to the path of the ones who have gone before them.”

I can think back and retrace all of the moments in my life where I have had to submit to someone else in my life that I knew could teach me something more about life as well as myself.  I am thankful for the mentors that I have had and do have in my life.  I am also grateful for the opportunity to mentor others and see the growth in their lives.

What are the things in your life that you have had to yield to?  In those areas, how have you grown?  What has shaped the values that you live by?  I’d love to hear from you…