It’s that time of year when our congregation has to nominate leaders to serve in the coming year. With nearly two hundred active families, you wouldn’t think it would be so hard to come up with two dozen or so leaders that comprise a church council, board of elders, and a church properties committee. Yet every fall, we come up short. I know we’re not the only church that struggles with this challenge. The basic mood seems to be “I’ll help out, but I don’t want to be in a position of leadership.”
When did leadership become something to avoid? Granted, not everyone is cut out or qualified for leadership. But many with those gifts hesitate to step into leadership positions in the church and probably in many volunteer organizations.
Some of it has to do with the consumer mentality that some bring to church with them. Just as they stop by a restaurant for a meal, they stop by the church for a spiritual meal. It would never occur to them to actually work there, though.
Some of it must be fear, the fear of having to do it all yourself. This isn’t a rational fear, for each leader is supposed to recruit a board or committee to carry out different ministries. No one should be doing it themselves.
Some of it has to do with the retirement state of mind in our area. They did these jobs when they lived elsewhere. Now that they’ve retired, someone else can do this work. “I’m retired.”
When Jesus called disciples, he really didn’t give them a choice. He gave them authority. He gave them power from above. And he sent them out. Have at it. Make more disciples.
Having said that, maybe that’s where we fall short. Perhaps we make more members than disciples. I have to think about this some more.