Giving away the glory is one of the most difficult things to do in ministry. Many times we hog ministry to ourselves while ignoring those around us. How should we behave?
We must learn to treat ministry opportunities like the guy in the picture. Give it to whoever asks for it! This doesn’t mean that the only requirement for ministry is a warm body, but it does mean that we’re willing to share ministry opportunities, and ministry glory, with others.
This is easier said than done. It’s very difficult. Why? Because we have a sinful nature. We need to be the center of attention, we need to be wanted, we need to be needed. When you hand ministry to someone else, you’re handing over responsibility, authority (hopefully), opportunity to be blessed, and opportunity to bless others.
Over the long term, you can go one of two ways.
Give away ministry (delegate) and see your ministries grow in size and impact.
Hog ministry and see your ministries diminish in size and impact.
There’s one big caveat in all of this. Environment plays a large role. This rule applies only if you work in an environment in which delegating is expected, and rewarded. Sadly, this isn’t the case in most churches. If you work in an environment like that, you and your volunteers are probably stifled, put down, and marginalized. I suggest you leave.
This rule does hold true for some ministries more than others. A teaching pastor would be a fool to give away most of his ministry responsibilities, but a missions pastor would be a fool not to!
This rule is especially true for children’s ministry. It just so happens that children’s ministry is the biggest, most complex, and most important ministry in your church. It’s also probably one of the most understaffed.
For a children’s ministry to survive, you need plenty of volunteers.
For a children’s ministry to thrive, you need plenty of volunteer leaders. To develop these leaders, you’ll need to put aside your pride and give away the glory.
How do you give away the glory?