I’ve been privileged to spend the last two weeks job-shadowing Pastor Jenny as a means of discerning my own call to ministry, and my perspective on church leadership has changed irrevocably as a result. Getting to watch behind-the-scenes activity, seeing the office staff interact day-to-day, and hearing some simple needs expressed by our pastors has been a truly eye-opening experience for me. In fact, it is driving home a basic concept which I’ve always believed intellectually but never internalized fully: there is always more room. I’ve been a part of churches where it was clear that the pastors held the “keys to the Kingdom,” and that somehow - supernaturally - they and a few amazing super-members singlehandedly managed the running of the church. I never felt needed in those places, because all the super-busy, hyper-involved people seemed to have it all covered, thank you very much. But it’s clear to me now that healthy communities require every possible Meyers-Briggs personality type and every imaginable set of talents to truly reflect Jesus to the world and to each other… And that means YOU. Saint John is missing what you have to offer.
Do you enjoy spending time with wise older folks? There is room for you. Do you love social media and thrive on virtual connections with people? There is room for you. Do you dream big dreams about what the church could look like in five years? There is room for you. Do you see the new moms around Saint John and feel the urge to hug them and whisper, “You’re doing a great job!” There is room for you. Do you love facilitating hard conversations? Does your heart ache when you drive by the homeless, holding signs? Do you thrive on spreadsheets and discussions about financial stewardship? Do you make people feel special by serving them delicious food? There is room for you… and you… and YOU. Odds are, the very trait you possess that would bless Saint John the most is the thing that you value the least, because it probably seems so simple and natural to you. “It’s not a big deal,” you think, “No one really cares that I can (fill in the blank).” And that’s where you’re oh-so-wrong, my friend. Leadership is far more than preaching, teaching, singing and committee-sitting. Our community is richer when you offer your talents. There is more room.
Grace to you this week!