3/09/2008

Important Thoughts #10...

As promised, from my reading session in Kitchen Confidential last night, an Important Thought...

""That's not my job" was not in the Bigfoot phrase book. Toilet overflows while the chef is at hand? He's going right in with a plunger, and fast. No waiting for the toilet guy- he is the toilet guy now. In Bigfoot's army, you fight for the cause, anywhere you are needed. If it's slow in the kitchen, you pick an old sauté pan and scrub the carbon off the bottom."

When I was an intern in Orange County, we had a weekly ritual of stacking half of the chairs in our meeting room every Saturday night after service. Now, since we had quite a large paid staff (8) + volunteers, it wouldn't have been a big deal for our boss (the Jr. High Pastor) to use this time to talk with parents or students. But he never did. He was always the first one grabbing chairs to stack. There was never a job that was too small or unimportant for him to pitch in on (provided he was able). After we, as a team, were done with tear down duties, he would spend time talking with everyone.

As a leader in ministry, there are certain things that only you can do. But, there should never be anything that you won't do. Empower others to do ministry, but not for the sake of elevating yourself. "I'm the pastor. I don't have to do that" should never come from your lips. Sometimes the best way to lead is to stack chairs alongside everybody else. If we're all priests (1 Peter 2:9), then we're also all plumbers...

1 comment:

Terrace Crawford said...

I've always had the personal policy in my ministry to never ask anyone to do anything that I am not willing to do.