Help Your Team Take the Time to Remove What Doesn’t Belong
In the South where I grew up, we spent much of our childhood playing outside in the forest and in fields. I remember many times when I was small I would come home from a day of play and find little sticky plants all over the legs of my blue jeans that were about the size of a pea. Lots and lots and lots of them. They would collect on you as you walked past them in the course of the day. We called them “hitch-hikers”. You didn’t want to find them, but somehow they always found you.
Ministry leaders have the same situation or their hands, but they come in the form of added problems, expectations and responsibilities. Problems that are outside of your designated role or area of ministry, but somehow they found their way to you and they stuck.
As a child we would have to sit down and painstakingly take the time to pull each of those hitch-hikers off of our pants before we put our clothes into the dirty laundry for Mom to wash. She made it clear that she was not responsible for that, we were.
The same is true for each of us in ministry, there are some things that we need to remove from our day, our task list, or mind – so that we can move forward fresh and clean again. And, it is squarely our responsibility to do so and no one else.
1. As a ministry team, take a few minutes to discuss and write down any instances of “hitch hikers” that have attached themselves to you in your ministry role. Defining a “hitch-hiker” as any thing that has been given to me, or that I have picked up that is preventing me from doing my most important tasks at the highest levels of excellence as possible.
2. Once a few prominent “hitch hikers” have been identified – talk about how to best remove or relocate them to a delegated ministry team member. Identify how this can happen as soon as possible.
3. Write down the game plan and the expected results and set a goal to discuss it again and follow up and follow through at the next meeting.
Rest assured that you and everyone around you will feel lighter and more free to do what they do best as a result of removing the ministry hitch-hikers that have inadvertently clung to you.
What current hitch-hikers can you identify and remove to free you up to be more productive?