Greatness in the Kingdom of God is determined not by how many people serve you but by how many people you serve. We as leaders most be focused not only on the big picture but also on those individuals who are helping us bring that big picture into being. Agile Ministry has a great post on the growth process of volunteers.
volunteer decides to move on. This may be because of a job relocation,
an interest in another ministry, or moving to another church. Handling
this situation is important, as it not only impacts the person leaving,
but others serving you now or in the future. Adopt the following
Inevitably, the time will come when a
- Grow them – don’t hold back to keep them from moving on
- Encourage them – if they have opted to leave, back them up! They are taking a bold step and will want your support
- Assist them – provide references if necessary and lend them a hand as they transition out
If you re-examine the list above, you’ll notice a single thought: others-focused. The ministry isn’t about its duties or tasks, its about others. You are serving others in what the ministry does (external ministry), and you are serving side-by-side in doing so (internal minstry). In no way are you serving yourself – so, why should you lead that way? This is not biblical and it isn’t effective. If you are truly others focused, you will want to see the painting of each individual emerge onto their canvas by enabling each volunteer to serve others, grow themselves, and be what God has called them to be. Now, this is true ministry!