Leading and running a ministry consists of more than just the pastor. We pastors' wives know first hand what it is like to rely on other people. A church doesn't run off of one person. The talents of one alone can only get it so far. But it takes the sacrifices of many to have a fully healthy functioning organization. Many hands do make light work.
Unfortunately, those hands aren't always reliable. Where we leaders dedicate our lives to this ministry, and giving it all we have, the volunteers are often not in the same mindset. They have other full time jobs, and rarely ever think twice about their serving other than on a Sunday morning. They serve to be part of the team. But it is a rare thing to find a volunteer servant, that gets the bigger grander scheme. A volunteer who has bought into the vision and mission of the church, and is "all in."
A volunteer who is "all in" is like cold lemonade on a hot summer day. To have a volunteer who is bought in, relieves some weight, gives freedom in other areas, and brings unity among the body. When people see their value and believe in what God is doing and start serving "all in" then the church becomes unstoppable. But like I said, these volunteers are rare. Luke 10:2 says the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Since the workers are few, this can be frustrating. You are familiar with unreliable people. Come on, our jobs heavily rely on people to get the job done, it is a part of it. I can remember many times when people would start serving, my expectations would suddenly raise and I would forget we are dealing with imperfect people. When a volunteer wouldn't show up one day, or they would cancel volunteering the night before. I would allow this to frustrate me. Unfortunately, when we lay expectations on others this is the breeding ground for disunity.
People are always going to disappoint. It is just a part of it. And when we get disappointed because our expectations weren't met, then disunity sets in. "Why can't they just be relied on?" "Cant they see how much we are doing, and that we need them?" "Are they just sleeping in?" "Why, why, why?" What comes after, is bitterness. We become bitter towards the people in our church because they aren't meeting our expectations. But really, if we own up we did poorly at conveying what it means and looks like to be an "all in" volunteer, and laid unnecessary expectations on people.
In order to have an "all in" volunteer you have to start leading by example, and instilling the mission and vision of the church into people. So people can become part of a team, and believe in the grander scheme of being kingdom minded people. Even if that means setting out chairs, or picking up trash on Sunday morning.
You cannot run the church off the talents of one, but need a church united together serving "all in."
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor