I've been in some type of ministry role since I was 16 years old. I started getting paid for it when I was 18. I starting getting paid full time for it when I was 22. And I stepped into a ministry leadership role when I was 24.
During these past 11 years, I've realized that working with people isn't always easy. Editor's Note: Of course, I realize that this is not a fact that is exclusive to the Lord's work. Anyone in ministry can vouch for the fact that, sometimes, those that we serve can be a bit much to take. I think that's why Bill Hybels puts so much emphasis on the importance of chemistry within our ministry teams. If our congregants can, at times, be a source of conflict, discouragement, and stress; why would we want to be a part of a team that does the same?
This is something that I've only come to realize in the past 5 years. Throughout my ministry history, I've worked at churches were my team was like a family. I've also worked with teams who, I felt, were quite discouraging. Which has led me to the latest item on my list:
I'm looking for a church where I can find people I love... to work with.
After experiencing work with both types of teams I've seen that the biggest difference, in me, is that when I work with people who I have some type of community with, I don't view my job as work. During my internship in Orange County, the pastors that I worked under had set values of "doing life" with their team. This produced so many life long relationships that I will treasure from then on... Going to work everyday wasn't about filling out TPS reports or checking things off of a "to do" list. It was about doing what I love with people I love. And that's something that I want, no matter where I end up next...