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DON’T HOG, HANDOVER!

Have you heard of the expression “road hog”? It is a driver who obstructs traffic by occupying parts of two lanes, or perhaps driving too aggressively or too slowly so that other drivers are frustrated. So applying this to ministry in our local churches, are we hogs or do we handover the baton to the next runner?

Having been involved in many events over the years I realize that there is a tendency to rely on “the same old people” to carry out various responsibilities. For example if it is a concert, and props or costumes are needed, we would almost automatically think of asking the person who did the same things at the last concert.  Or if we were needing food, we would go to the ones who are the regular cooks, or those who supplied snacks last time round. Or if we needed an MC, or singers, audio-visual crew, etc. 

Now this is not necessarily a bad thing, because it means that thankfully there IS an existing pool of people we can tap on. But as time goes on, as the church grows with more and newer people joining, some of these new ones might do the job as well as or even better than those on whom we relied before. But due to laziness or pressure of time, the organizing committee still arrows “the same old people”. 

The worrying thing about constantly using these same folk is that 

i) They can become overworked even if they nobly don’t complain.

ii)The ideas that come from “the same old people” may be ‘the same old ideas”. 

iii)The new talent which has come into the church of late is not mobilized.

iv)When “the same old people” are no longer around, there will be a sudden vacuum, a lack of workers because no preparation was made for a handover.

To deal with this situation I think at least 2 things are required:

AThe “same old people” have to say “Let’s BRING IN NEW WORKERS even though it may take more effort to find and mobilise them.” This group of “old soldiers” may have to work together with new ones first, train them, give them exposure, then hand it over completely (and not take it back!).

BThe newer or younger people who have recently come into the church who have the spiritual gifts, abilities and experience MUST OFFER TO SERVE. God wants you to be active servants, not passive spectators therefore it is your responsibility to look for opportunities to get involved. It takes time to get to know people, discover their strengths, encourage them to jump in and get involved. Church is not about just worshiping, but also integrating. It is about serving each other and serving the community outside the church and that means mobilizing every believer.

In short we need “a handover mentality” whereby we DELIBERATELY pass the baton on to the next/younger generation. If we fail to do this, we then fail to equip others for service and that is potentially fatal for the church. Don’t hog – handover.

Ps Graham

 

 

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