This was a great wknd at the Ridge. I'm excited to see our volunteers grow to handle more and more skills at the live production level. As we grow at the Ridge, we are in a position where we are chainging away from the staff-driven Tech Culture to a Volunteer Culture. Transitions have been going well... yesterday's services were excuted almost completely in live-production with volunteers. I'm excited by the potential. We've come a long way in a very short time.
Been re-reading Bill Hybel's Volunteer Revolution. What a great book! As church staff so often we find our individual identity, our purpose, or stability in our own personal "do". In Live Production, I confess, I found much joy in programming VJ for a worship service, or Camera Directing, or mixing FOH audio.
As great as that joy is, though, I found more joy seeing someone that I had trained fulfill their purpose by serving. As much fun as it is for me to do things I do in Media/Tech, I find my kingdom-impact more powerful if instead of me "doing" I lead, I equip, I train. I let go of my own "selfish" joy of doing things myself and instead watch as volunteers discover skills and talents they never knew they had only to use them to further His Kingom.
Kinda cool, ain't it? Ridge Tech Staff and Vol Leadership will be focusing on this in the coming months.
Those of you in ministry, what are you selfishly holding onto, preventing a volunteer who from being fulfilled by serving?