Over the years of church planting we had many people come that were ready to serve. Women and men who saw a need and wanted to fill it with their gifts, and abilities. Unfortunately, my husband and I lacked in the area of equipping volunteers. My husband held tight reins in how he desired people to serve, and what exactly that would look like. And we both didn't know how to set people up to run with their gifts and serve.
Part of that is because of all the stories and advice we took from people prior to planting. I think we held onto other peoples opinions more than we realized. One take away was, "don't be too fast to delegate and hire people to positions." As wise as this may have been to the person who was saying it, this was not wise when it came to the church we were planting. Sure we shouldn't jump ship and delegate people fast, in a sense we could put them somewhere serving that isn't their gifting. But, when leaders come with servant hearts to fill roles that are lacking, by all means we should let them run with it.
By run with it, we should let them run with it and allow them to thrive, mess up, do things differently, and along the way encourage them and equip them as leaders to keep doing what their doing. People shouldn't serve how we "think" they should. If we only had a bunch of volunteers that worked like we do, then the areas that were lacking before will still be lacking now.We need volunteers that believe in the vision, are for who we are, and can lead and flourish in their gifts serving in the area they are serving in, and doing what their good at.
We as leaders need to let go of the reins, and trust God with people. We are all created differently, and I think in years past my husband and I were looking for "us" in volunteers. We missed out on a lot of great leaders/volunteers who had a lot to bring to the kingdom had we said "yes, please go and flourish where you want to serve." We were so afraid things wouldn't look how we wanted, or something might go wrong. As a result, we hindered growth in the area of volunteers, we lacked in the area we needed people to serve, and people didn't feel as though we trusted them. We burnt people out, and didn't feed their gifts by allowing them to use their gifts, and so they went somewhere else where they could better serve.
Leaders, let go of the reins. This isn't a ship your sailing alone. Pastor Bobby Houston says, "The Church isn't run on the talents of one, but the sacrifices of many." We need people. God designed the church to work together, functioning in all areas. God created people differently, and has people to serve and lead in areas you can't. Be willing to delegate and equip people that might not look and do things the way you would. Trust God with more people.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor