There’s a trend of people leaving corporations to strike out on their own these days. There’s nothing wrong with quitting work and starting something independently. In fact I’ve done it a few time with success and loved it! But I want to encourage those of you who are part of a team to lose the notion you’re being paid to complete a bunch of tasks handed to you with no opportunity to share your opinion or even make a great and lasting investment in the entity. When you innovate respectfully and with the organization’s best interests in mind, everyone wins.
One of the most popular posts in my 6 years of blogging was published in May 2011. A lot has changed in my life since that time, but the idea rings so true that I want to share it again for those of you who are new subscribers or need to be reminded to act on it today. Here’s what I wrote about my pastor (for whom I recently began working, incidentally!) but this principle applies on the corporate scene just as well as in the Church.
I never asked Craig Groeschel for permission to represent LifeChurch.tv overseas. (And he’s cool with that.) That’s because Craig once said we’re all ministers and I believed him. Still do. When I looked at my life as my personal ministry – those living nearby, people I’m connected to online, and the handful of gifts and experiences I have to share – I realized God would show me what to do and I didn’t need to ask for permission.
Your church doesn’t need another box-ticking, fill-in-the-blanks, “just hanging around” type of person. You’re part of the global Church, and we need people who see themselves as ministers of the Word wherever they happen to be.
Trust me, your amazing pastor can’t make a personal appeal to every single person in the congregation to obey God radically. Just go.
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Dana Byers and her family are passionate about adoption and online ministry, and they sold all they owned in 2007 to live a mobile lifestyle overseas and expand online ministry practices globally. She’s the author of “The Art of Online Ministry” and recently moved to Oklahoma to become the Community Pastor for LifeChurch.tv Church Online. All opinions shared here are expressly her own.