You work at a church. There’s never enough time to get things done and it seems like everything you do is has to run through twenty different approval systems and it’s frustrating sometimes. You need a bigger budget. And while you’re worried about your next big project, you realize that you’ve missed the smaller things that you could’ve been working on. You kick yourself.
Some of the most frequent frustrations that we hear from our friends serving in media, creative ministry—or any ministry or area of the church—is the very apparent lack of resources. You sit down with a cup of joe to brainstorm huge ideas, only to be hit with the reality that you just might be in over your head.
A moment of clarity for you: No matter the size of your church or ministry, your vision will always exceed your available resources. And that’s okay. We’re pretty confident that as we serve the Lord, we should always be dreaming of ways to reach more and more people for the Gospel. And it’s that mission and goal that coaxes out our creativity.
Here are the excuses that we hear:
But there’s no time.
What’s your day look like? Is is packed full? Do your days sort of float on by until you’re able to get to your next milestone? Time is definitely one of your most valuable resources, and there never seems to be enough of it to go around. Backtracking to phrase that you may have heard us speak of before, you always, always, always make time for the things you care about, subconsciously. Because your life is busy and hectic and never seems to be in order, that needs to become a conscious effort. Time management isn’t the point of this article, but here’s your first tip: organization is everything. You’ll never stumble upon free time to pursue passions and (very important) side projects if you haven’t scheduled the time for them.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17
If you know that the Lord is calling you to something huge, carve out time in your schedule for it. Get up early and stay up late. Sometimes you’ll have to prioritize things; it’s okay to say no to people. You’re not a worse person for it. What’s your to-do list look like now? Is it cluttered? Are the things on it leading your ministry to something bigger for the Lord? If not, it may be time to think through your top-three list.
Alone and proud.
Listen, you can’t possibly think that you’re able to do everything on your own. But that’s okay. There isn’t a single church on the face on the planet that doesn’t think that they need more help. Literally everyone needs more people on their ministry team. And no matter what you do, your team will never be big enough.
And more than that—you can’t accomplish everything on your own, either. And that’s okay. You can’t possibly be the go-to guy for every responsibility that your church has. You shouldn’t do everything yourself. There are few—if any—visions for a church that can be accomplished without people coming together.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1
Begin by being faithful with your part. Identify what you need to take care of, and be devoted with that. Communicate to those around you as to why you’re enthusiastic with what you’ve been entrusted with to those around you and make sure to express that your ministry is stronger with the help of those around you. You’ll have opportunity to tell them what your goals are for the church or ministry, and show how others could (and should) jump in to help. Lastly (and maybe most importantly), be willing to take chances on people. Remember that your team will excel with devotion from the team, no matter how talented each individual member is. That’s the church, after all.
How much money is not enough?
You’re broke. The budget isn’t big enough for the event that you and your team has dreamt up over the last year. You’ve put blood and sweat and tears into it and it could be jump-started into the next continuum IF ONLY you had just a little more money to make it happen. Listen, no matter how much money you have dedicated for your ministry, you’ll always, always need more.
It’s easy for us to glance down at the resources that we DO have and make excuses.
“Oh, we can’t do that this month. The budget isn’t big enough”
“I don’t have the right camera—there’s no way we’d be able to pull that video off.”
It doesn’t matter what the project is, you’ll be able to find fault with it. But a good steward of the Lord’s money, talent and prowess is going to look down and take inventory of what IS available. From there, you glorify the Lord with what you have.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Realize that the Lord’s on your side. Be faithful with the things that you do have. And calm down, why don’t you? Winky face.