#1 – Care for the people who care for the people.
For lack of a better phrase, fellow staff members need to be my #1 care. Ministry like any other job has its highs and sometimes lows. Every staff member/employee of any non-profit organization or ministry willingly took a step, answered a call, accepted the mission to care for people, answer the calls of emergency situations, be present in times of crisis, love, coach, empower, provide empathy, lead through change and encourage.
Ministry is so rewarding; to be able to witness life change and have the high honor of influencing people, but when not managed well it can lead to BURNOUT. And BURNOUT leads to disdain. We can get so caught up in all the aspects of ministry previously mentioned that it can begin to affect 4 important areas – Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Social (relational, family) (Anne Jackson, Mad Church Disease). This cannot happen. When we let this happen, we are ineffective to those we minister to and not representing Christ well.
Therefore, I will
- · Encourage and lead staff to be efficient in the day to day tasks, work harder and smarter with the processes we oversee so that when the people take priority when situations and the day calls for it.
- · Challenge myself and staff in the 4 areas that can be affected along the road to burnout.
- · Think through a healthy way to get staff spouses and family members involved in goal setting etc.
- · I need to keep an open door as often as I can at the office and LISTEN better. I really need to learn from others by listening as we converse in my office or theirs.
What you can do
- · Pray for the ministry staff that leads you
- · Encourage them, fill up their tank – they need it sometimes
- · Trust them