18 Jan 2016
The longer I spend in ministry, the more I realize the value of having good people around you. Some of the best ideas, projects, and overall seasons in my church’s creative team haven’t come from me, but from getting other people involved.
For creatives and techies, it can be really easy for us to take the lone-ranger approach and try to make everything happen on our own. We tell ourselves “it’s just easier for me to do it” or “I don’t want to bother others.” But, if we’re really honest, we know that we can only do so much. We only have so much time, so much knowledge, so much ability.
When you surround yourself with the right people, you set yourself up to dream more, create more, and do more. Here are four kinds of people you need around you as you serve in creative ministry:
1. Someone Who Has Your Back
A sidekick. A wingman. A friend. Whatever you want to call them, you need someone by your side serving in ministry with you. You need someone that has just as much fun as you do entering lyrics into ProPresenter or designing a new logo or scheduling Planning Center. Having this person around you will keep things fun and keep you from getting burned out.
2. Someone More Experienced Than You
One of the best ways to develop your craft is to spend time around someone who’s better at it than you. You need someone who is a season ahead of you who can give tips, share tricks, and keep you from making silly mistakes. This person may be serving in another church near you or is someone you connect with online (possibly in a Facebook group). Because creative ministry includes so many different skills, I like to connect with several people – some are great with video, some with web, others with graphics.
3. Someone You’re Training Up
One of the biggest mistakes that I made in my early days in ministry was trying to do everything myself. I took pride that I was the only one in our church who could run the projector and make bulletins. What a recipe for disaster! Always be looking for someone that you can get involved in what you’re doing. See the potential in the people in your church and be willing to spend time training them to serve with you. Having this person around will lighten the workload and gives you an opportunity to invest in someone.
4. Someone That’s A Spiritual Rock
It can be easy to get so caught up in the work of ministry that you find yourself disconnected from the God that you’re serving. Even more, because you’re involved in church so much, your heart can quickly become calloused to God moving around you. One of the most important people you need around you is someone who can remind you that everything you’re doing is all about Jesus. Having a spiritual rock in your circle will keep you focused on Christ and help you make godly decisions.
Do you have these people around you in your creative ministry?
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