three ways to balance

Yesterday, I said we need to make sure our college ministries are increasingly strong in the ways that don’t come naturally to us. If we’re great at “vision-casting” but not as good at follow-through and follow-up, then we might need to work on those latter things. (And vice versa.)

But what it means to “work on them” can vary. So while this is probably not news for any of you, it’s always good to examine our options for balancing our ministries:

  • Spend time working on “the other side” of you. Examine our own weaknesses and points where we’re not as focused or energized. Then learn – through prayer, books, talking to others, etc. – gaining a better edge in those strengths.
  • Be disciplined to develop the other side of your ministry. Sure, you can work on improving those areas. But even if you don’t, you can spend time focused on that side of the college ministry you lead. You’ll probably have to schedule it – it won’t come naturally and won’t feel “fun,” probably – but it’s well worth your time.
  • Recruit toward bettering the other side of your ministry. This isn’t just a matter of finding student leaders, volunteers, or staff who are quality; it’s about pairing yourself with people who are specifically strong and focused in areas you’re not. And you have to give them ownership. That means that there will be times you follow them, instead of them following you. Think of this as recruiting your “executive pastor” if you’re the visionary type, or your “front man” if you lean toward the Systems / Operations side of things.

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