I’ve recently started to realize that some of my best ideas are also some of my worst ideas. They start as good ideas, but they end up as bad ideas.
Good Idea: Build Your Ministry Around Your Strengths
One of the easiest ways to quickly improve your ministry is to base it around your strengths. As the leader you’re going to be the top worker. Therefore, it makes sense that the ministry is tailored around what you can do well.
- Higher quality
- Takes less time and energy
- Easier to get passionate about
- You can train others
It simply makes sense to do what you’re good at…or in other words, “work what you got.”
Bad Idea: Build Your Ministry Around Your Strengths
If the goal of your ministry is to create an unsustainable, cult of personality where you’re doing all the work, this is a really good idea. But most ministries don’t have that goal.
- It assumes you’re doing all the work…and then forces you to do all the work
- It creates a scenario where it’s difficult to hand off work because you’re probably better at doing the work than the person you’re handing it off to
- You’re the expert on everything, so you have to train everyone…which makes you more likely to not pass it off
- You become the bottle neck for the ministry
- You worry about details you should hand off to a volunteer
I’m very much writing this blog based off of experience. I built my high school ministry around several strengths of mine, and we experienced quick success because of it. It was easy to over-work myself when the ministry was still new and a novelty. But that level of excitement isn’t sustainable or healthy.
For that matter, I don’t want a ministry which is all about my doing all the work. I want a ministry which empowers and equips people to use natural and spiritual gifts and to be who God wants them to be.
I haven’t decided whether this idea is more good or bad.