- Run the youth ministry- Check
- Run Student Leadership- Check
- Plan a missions trip- Check
- Create Website Videos- Check
- Write some new Curriculum- Check
If you are like me at all, you will take any chance you get to serve for leading. We all hear about saying ‘no’ when the time comes but will we actually do it. The problem isn’t saying no when I am maxed out. I recognize that being pushed to capacity is a problem and will burn you out at the office and at home. But what if you can juggle another thing and do a good job with it?
Recently, I was asked by my lead pastor to join our discipleship team. Then my worship pastor asked if I would come up with some theological videos for our website. Our denomination president asked if I would step up and do some speaking. To all of these things I said yes.
Then I was I was challenged by my supervisor to think about where I am investing my time in ministry. I was getting pulled in a lot of directions. The problem wasn’t doing a good job; I have the ability to do all of these things; it was whether or not these things will benefit my ministry.
I had to pause, I wasn’t at maximum capacity. I have some room for some stuff on my plate in this season, but is the new stuff feeding the need I am trying to fulfill. Some of those new things are and some aren’t. So currently I am working on a list of requirements that things that a new request has to meet.
- Is this request God honoring?
- Will this be a benefit or detriment to my family?
- Does this fulfill my mission/ministry purpose
- Do I believe in this cause/purpose/initiative?
- Do I have the time/resources to give?
While this list is working, I am still looking to add it. What are some of the things you require before taking on something new?
Kyle Corbin has been serving youth as a volunteer or pastor for over 10 years. He is currently the youth pastor at the Bridge Church in North Vancouver B.C. You can follow his blog at: kylecorbin.blogspot.com or Twitter: @CorbinKyle