By Mike Klockenbrink
Having talked with many of my counterparts in other churches lately, I can’t help but feel that many of them are on pins and needles. Everyone is talking about the economy and rightfully so. However, we cannot operate out of fear or scarcity.
Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Remember who is really in charge.
Each one of us has been called and appointed into our positions as business administrators. We have been uniquely designed and entrusted. We sometimes believe that we are in this all alone. On the contrary, we have God the creator right alongside of us. We are all surrounded by an extraordinary group of business professionals in support of each other. Together we can actually set the tone on how businesses should be run, and how to do it in tough times.
Do you know the guy or girl in your position at another church in the area? If you don’t, you should. It’s time to get outside your four walls and meet your colleagues. It’s amazing how much you share in common. Sure it may be a different denomination or style of church. The fact remains the same: you’re both working for Kingdom advancement of your church.
As gifted as you may be in your job, the reality is you don’t have all the answers. So pick up the phone, call your counterpart down the street and ask them out for coffee. Together you may find a better way of doing something that benefits both of you. This is not a competition. This is working together to further advance the Kingdom.
I attended a few dances back in middle school and, like most of the guys, I stood around and did very little dancing. Sure there were a few couples and a lot of girls dancing together out on the floor. I remember someone telling me “If you don’t ask, you don’t dance.”
So do you want to do this job alone, or do you want to dance? “If you don’t ask, you don’t dance.”
Mike Klockenbrink is chief of staff at Lakeside Church, Folsom, CA. www.lakesidechurch.com.