Here is Tip #17 for ministry leaders in 2016…
Stay for the credits.
Our son was home from college and we were catching a family movie. When it was over, Elisabeth and I got up to leave, but Andrew stayed put, still watching the screen. “You ready?,” I asked impatiently. “No, I’m watching the credits,” he replied. So, we sat down and watched as the names of hundreds of people in dozens of roles scrolled on and on. When it was over, we were, of course, the only ones still there as the lights came on. We got in the car and he explained…
“My roommates are film majors. I have a new respect for what they do.” He went on to tell us more about what goes into the making of informative and inspiring film. We had no idea and had been given a valuable education into what goes on behind the scenes. That was a few years ago and we are still staying for the credits.
Your organization probably has some good leaders. However, any good leader knows that it is the great people behind the scenes who make all the difference. The truth is, it just doesn’t get done without their creative talents and tireless, unseen efforts. This is where you come in.
As a leader, make sure to roll the credits. Whether in your social media outlets, hard copy presentations or both… make the recognition of your volunteers and key staff members the norm for your organization. How about an annual volunteer recognition BBQ, party or banquet? Even better, encourage people face-to-face and be specific about the ways they are making everything and everyone better in your organization. However you do this, be intentional.
Cultivate a culture of awareness and gratitude for not just what these people do, but for who they are… moms, teens, grandpa’s, single dads all who probably don’t have a lot of time to spare. Yet, there they are, week after week, serving the Lord by serving in your church or organization. Want to take it to the next level? Join them in doing some of the unseen and unsung work yourself as the norm for you and your lead team.
Jesus described this culture in simple terms, “The greatest among you will be your servant.”(Matthew 23:10, NIV)
“Cut. Roll credits!”