If you happen to work at a church you live in the reality of being in the people business. Often this is immensely fulfilling. Other times this is immensely frustrating.
I love working at a church because I get to be in the people business. I love that my job is centralized around building relationships with the people in my church, inviting them into the life and love of Jesus, and equipping ministry teams to reach those that I, and the rest of the staff, cannot.
It’s a blessing to work with people exploring unique ministry opportunities in our church and community. Sometimes these opportunities seem overwhelming; we realize there is so much good we could be doing and there are so many people we could be reaching, but we’re missing the mark here or there.
How could you not act? How could you sit idly by? So you act. You do it. You devise a solution, create a program, hire a person, fulfill the need, meet the opportunity.
And this point is crucial: in the coming days, weeks, or months, it’s quite possible that you realize that this might not have been the best solution. You may have created an incorrect or poorly planned program. You may have hired the wrong person. You might have only partially fulfilled the need, and didn’t quite meet the opportunity.
You were *this close*! And now in round two, having learned from the previous mistake, you devise a new solution, create a different program, fire the old person and hire a new one, fill in the needs you missed, and close the door on this opportunity.
This is the frustrating piece of being in the people business. We love people and therefore want to bring them all into the life and love of Jesus. We want to do all we can to bring them into our community, equip them with the tools to learn and grow, and send them out into their community to bring more. We see a need or an opportunity and react to meet the need.
Our first question is typically, “How can we meet this need?” I propose that our first reaction should always be, “Does meeting this need fulfill the vision and mission of organization?” If you meet this need, does it advance the mission of the kingdom of God? If the answer is yes, you should do all you can to meet this need the right way.
Too often we live and work with the idea that there’s just not enough time, so we rush the solution. We hurry from problem A to B because along the way we’ve identified C, D, E, and F and feel it incumbent upon us to solve these problems. Why is it that in the moment there’s never enough time to do it right., but then after the first solution has failed there always seems enough time to do it over?
Wherever we work, at every need or opportunity we discover, we must always ask, 1) Does meeting this need advance the mission and vision of the organization? and 2) How can we fully meet this need, the first time?
Sometimes the solution is not to act. Sometimes the fulfillment of the opportunity is to pause, breathe, pray, and discern. Opportunities do not always necessitate our action. But alas, we’re in the people business. It’s really difficult not to act. So if you must act, just make sure you’re acting rightly. Make sure your action advances the mission and vision of the organization, or you’ll likely need to revisit it shortly down the road.