When I started this ministry for pastors’ wives, I was in my 5th year of church planting. I never thought I would be in the early stages of church planting again. But, here I am. Like having a baby, you forget some things, and some days all the memories come rushing in of what it was like the first time around.
If there is one thing we learned from the first time in church planting, it is the importance of the team you build around you. When we moved in 2009, we had quite a few people move with us. While that is awesome, we did not build a team out of those people. We never sought out people to be a part of anything. Instead, we continually lead, and held things together, asking people to come take part in what we were already doing.
Since we didn’t utilize the people God brought to us, the pastor and I carried all of the weight. We carried the load of doing everything. From being over the way things look, to set-up/tear-down, to finding volunteers, to finances. You name it, we had control over it. We were running full-speed ahead, voluntarily alone.
Because, the team only consisting of the two of us, this also lead to disunity among the body itself. We weren’t partnering with anyone to see the vision go forth in the city we were in. The church was not unified, together. Where there was a whole lot of beautiful vision casted, there were no workers in the field. Two people could only do so much.
Burn-out came rushing in fast! Because we weren’t sharing the load with others, there was no time for rest. There was never time to wind down, breathe, and refresh ourselves from full-time ministry. If we rested, who would pick up the load?
God created us to need each other. Church was never meant to be a one man show, but a unified body all using their own instruments (gifts) to lift Jesus’ name really high. We have got to start surrounding ourselves in ministry and outside of ministry with people who use and practice what God has gifted them with! We all have different strengths and weakness’. We need people who challenge us, and grow us in those areas we are weak. We need to start letting go of our control, and allow people to flourish where God has placed them.
So, here I am in the early stages of church planting again, with a different plan this time. Jim and I have started praying for incredibly outstanding, “go getter,” driven, Jesus loving, people loving, team members. We like to call them the “dream team.” These people, are the people we couldn’t do this thing without. Our ride or die people. They are extremely gifted in areas, Jim and I are not. They live out their faith, and believe in our dreams and visions to see hundreds, and thousands of people come to know the love of Jesus.
"To build a strong team you must see someone else's strength as a complement to your weakness, not a threat to your position" Christine Caine
BUILD YOUR TEAM.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor