Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Inspire the next guy

I read this quote on an e-mail newsletter, Leadership Wired by John Maxwell, that I received today.

"Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people."~ Lee Iacocca

This probably the key thing that I have been working through since my return from Unleash. I didn't get the thought from anything Perry Noble said but I saw it in every single one of the volunteers I met and spoke with both at the conference and on my visit on Sunday.

I have no problem with hard work. In fact I am a little imbalanced about it and sometimes seem to try to gain approval and recognition by working hard. Showing my value. Not a good place to be. If there is a job to be done "I" will do it.

So today I sent this quote to all our staff at MKCC with the following statement.

This is without doubt one of the most important things we do as leaders: Rather than DO more work INSPIRE and INVOLVE more people in the work.

With a growing church staff there can be a tendency to for them to DO the ministry rather than empower people to minister. After all they are paid to do the work isn't that right. I would suggest not. It is this sort of thinking that keeps church small.

Think our evaluations will start to look a little more at how many people we are inspiring and effectively involving in the work.

By the way a massive shout out to 2 people.

Hayley Miles who has just volunteered to work in the office for a day each week in our Children’s Ministry.

Laura Conway who last year gave up a day at her job to work at MKCC to reach out to Kids in our community. Without pay. She has just made that 2 days although we are giving her some little remuneration for that day.

This brings me to the question how do I get on staff at MKCC? Read later in the week for that as this post is long enough.


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