by Joshua Pease
One of the best gifts God has given me is not giving me a lot of gifts. No, seriously.
Things I’m good at: speaking (I think), helping others’ find the bigger life God has for them, vision-casting where our church community should head.
Things I’m not good at: emails, details, planning, singing, remembering, empathy, event-planning, service projects, manual labor, cleaning, enjoying animals, hand-eye coordination, everything else.
And I legitimately believe this is a good thing. I realized at an early age that I was going to need to specialize to find my place in life, and this has carried over into ministry as well. I am so painfully bad at so many things that I have no choice but to delegate most of the ministries I lead to someone else.
The problem I see in some of my pastor-friends though (and I mean this sincerely) is that they’re too good at too many things. They have this “I’m the only one that can do it this good” mentality. The problem with this is…
1) they always seem to be teetering on the edge of burnout and
2) their ministry depends entirely on them. Which means no one else really leads, shapes vision, or contributes in a meaningful way.
But this isn’t disciple-making. It’s not empowering. It’s basically not anything at all like how Jesus led his crew of church-builders. So if you’re one of those unfortunately super-talented people, here’s a few ideas from someone significantly less talented that might help in spreading the leadership around:
1). Recruit a team – I have a volunteer team of about 8 people. A lot of them were people I recruited when CRAVE:Rancho first started. They are all spiritually solid, passionate about what we’re doing, and understand why we do what we do. Which brings me to the next point:
2). Meet regularly – my team comes to my wife’s and I apartment about once a month. We feed them dinner, hang out and talk, and then spend at least an hour doing some sort of leadership training. This could mean brainstorming an upcoming series, talking about where CRAVE is heading next, praying together, or helping them discover what they’re great at.
3). Force yourself to let go … and them to pick up. Every week I’m with my team I’m blown away at how talented, godly, and smart they are. When they are owning significant chunks of ministry – leading a volunteer greeting team, making our facebook page/podcast run, leading a small group, speaking in to my message preparation – our ministry wins. But for that to happen I have to continually give up things I want to hold onto.
So if you’re one of those well-rounded, good-at-everything, micromanaging types, how can you release some of that control? If you could create a volunteer dream team, who would be on it? What are things you’re currently doing that other people could do instead?
When you figure this out, you win, your ministry wins, and God wins.
 Ex: Faces, people, conversations, announcements that I decided need to be said 5 minutes before, everything I meant to put in this list.
 One has lots of time to ruminate when stuffed and locked in a locker (actually that happened to a friend, but the threat of it was ever-present)
 I swear, this isn’t sarcastic! (even that sentence felt a little snide. I promise it’s not.)
 The book “strengthsfinder 2.0” is my favorite resource for this. It’s a book with a 30-minute online test that identifies your core strengths. We talked about our results as a team and it was probably my favorite team meeting yet.
 And “love wins” © Rob Bell (too soon?)