I was listening to a leadership podcast earlier this week in which the leader was discussing one of their company’s core values, crusade. He explained that one of their core beliefs was focused around the importance of the work they did on a day to day basis. He was proud of the culture they had created, noting that everyone from the top of the organization to the bottom knew they were doing work that matters. And I could not agree more! This company is engaged daily in changing the lives of men and women across the world! They have a tremendous impact and the world is better because of the work they do!
I have a lot of respect for this leader and others like him, who have labored for years to not only create something out of nothing, but who have created something that is remarkably healthy from a culture perspective!
A Look Inside…
Immediately I started looking at my own leadership style and the culture that I have created throughout my years as a leader. And I asked the hard question:
Do I emphasize to my people enough how much they matter?
I am a young leader, but I pride myself in my determination to grow in leading others! I remember why I chose to pursue this calling to be a leader. My goal, in the beginning, was to make a difference in the lives of the men and women that I work with! And if you asked me today, I would tell you the same! My desire to encourage others and to help them walk in their gifts is as strong today as it was years ago!
Yet, when I asked myself that question, I have to honestly say that I do not emphasize enough to my team how much they matter on a daily basis! I think we sometimes forget that people need to hear how much they matter! And I think leaders sometimes forget that they need to be reminded more frequently, maybe even on a weekly or daily basis.
It is easy for me to forget how much my work matters! I get caught up in the mundane tasks throughout the day, the small things I know I have to do but am not energized from or fulfilled through.
We all have those tasks on our to-do list. These are the things we wouldn’t do if we didn’t have to! And it is easy to allow those things to steal our joy and passion for the work that we are doing. It is easy to forget the big picture and lose sight of the vision and mission of the organization. And that is where a true leader is needed! One of the major responsibilities of a true leader is to help everyone on his/her team to see the bigger picture, while taking care of the day to day tasks that must be completed.
A Message to Our Church
So I wanted to take time this week to encourage our church and the others who may stumble across this post:
Your Work Matters…
The work that you do in our church is important to the success of our church! It is not just the pastor, the worship leader, the elders, or other leaders that make the church successful! It truly takes the committed effort of every individual to make a team successful! This is true in sports, in the business marketplace, as a nation, and inside the church!
The work you do in our church matters more than you might think! Maybe you haven’t heard that recently or enough from your leaders! Your leaders are human, just like you. And that means that we don’t always remember to emphasize this! We are blessed at the church, because I believe Jonathan does a better job of emphasizing this than other pastors! Yet, even as much as he reminds us, we could always use another reminder.
The work that you do in and for our church is not the only things that matters! The truth is: You matter!
We need you, just as you are! We need your unique gifts and abilities! And we need your unique perspective! You have gifts and you are a gift!
Sometimes we forget that and I wanted to take a moment to remind you!
Many Parts, One Body…
So I will close out this post with a portion of Paul’s letter to the church at Rome as a reminder to you how much you, and your work, matter to our church! Thank you for sharing your gift with us! The best is yet to come!
“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. 6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly” (Romans 12:4-8 NLT).