The Indianapolis YL staff used to meet weekly and each week we would do an activity we called “3 Giveaways.” Everyone had to get out their to do list and find three things to give away that week. The rule was that only one could go to the office administrator.
We wanted to develop this as a discipline.
This activity shouldn’t require a staff meeting. I need to rediscover this discipline.
We did this activity for two reasons;
- We knew that if we did not engage new people in what we were doing they would never feel ownership. We knew that this was depriving people of using their unique giftedness.
- More importantly we believe we should be doing only what we are uniquely called to and there are a lot of things that can get in the way of that.
We must be diligent to be increasingly doing what we are uniquely gifted at.
We must work to be on the trajectory toward doing what we are uniquely called to.
This means doing less of the things we are not uniquely capable of.
This does not contradict servant leadership.
Do not be falsely humble or you will limit the influence God intends you to have. Your gifts are not more important than someone else’s but you have been called to something unique.
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all people.”
The bible tells us that we are God’s masterpiece created in Christ Jesus to do good works which he prepared in advance for us.
Let’s go do what he has prepared in advance for us.
Two thoughts specific to YL staff:
- If you don’t have a paid office administrator I would suggest you strongly consider it. Good stewardship does not mean spending the least amount of money possible. Good stewardship means being responsible with money and having the greatest impact you can possibly have with the resources you have. I would contend that an office administrator can greatly increase your impact.
- Being on the trajectory towards doing what you are uniquely called to almost certainly means spending more time with people. Who the people are is up to you but I have to imagine it means time with people. Kids. Leaders. Donors. Committee. People you already know and people you haven’t yet met.