Have you ever had a pair of shoes that felt like they were custom made for your feet? Maybe they weren’t even that expensive, but they were so comfortable, you could’ve worn them every day. Maybe you did wear them every day.
Fit is a strange thing. It’s malleable, not rigid. Over the years, I’ve had numerous pairs of shoes that fit me like a glove. Rarely, though, did it start off like that. Most of the time, the shoes started off fitting somewhat average or a little above average. Over time, the more I wore them, the more comfortable they got.
Things adjusted. The shoes adjust and I believe our preferences adjust.
I have a pair of black oxfords. I bought them almost 20 years ago and I’ve disliked them most of the time. I’ve rarely worn them and thought about giving them away over and over again. I’m glad I didn’t. I’ve started wearing them and I love them. They’re so comfortable they make me forget how much I’ve disliked them over the years. In this case, they didn’t change. I didn’t wear them nearly enough to cause a change, I changed.
If you’re in ministry, particularly in church ministry, fit can be more important than anything. You’re often underappreciated, underpaid, and overworked. It doesn’t mean those outside of churches aren’t, the difference is that this has been a decision, so if you’re underpaid, underappreciated, and overworked, the least that can happen is that you’re in the right place!
Have you been wondering if you’re in the right role? Maybe even wondering if the place where you’re serving is the place where you’re suppose to be?
If that’s you, here are 5 questions to ask yourself to figure out if you’re in the right position or place.
1. Would you attend there if you weren’t working there?
This is a tough one. Are you only attending your church because you work there? Think this one through. Even if you relocated for the job, the question has the same implication. Would you attend church there if working there had nothing to do with it?
2. Do you believe in the organization’s vision?
Are you on board with the vision and direction of the organization? If you have a big problem with how things are going, you have three options. First, you can try and influence things. Second, you can deal with it. Third, you can leave.
3. Does the role energize you?
Are you excited about what you do? Is the role aligned with your strengths? This is a great way to gauge a new career opportunity and has become the standard for how I judge when I need to make a change. I always make sure that I’m not running away from anything. I never want to leave when things are really tough. I desire to excitedly jump to the next opportunity.
4. Can you wholeheartedly follow your leadership?
Do you have confidence in your leader? Attending church under a pastor is different that working for that pastor. You’re not only a church member but their employee. Is that something you’re comfortable doing for this person?
5. Does your philosophy of ministry line up others around you?
Is your ” this is how I want to do ministry” the same as the other people you serve with or is there a large disconnect. Having a large disconnect means constant tension and a continual back and forth that can be frustrating, stressful, and can cause ministry to significantly slow down.
If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” then it’s time for a change! God has made you for a specific purpose, with unique interests, gifts, and desires. Being a place where your interests, gifts, and desires aren’t utilized holds you back from achieving everything that’s possible for you.