Serve Your Way to the Top – 7 Lessons I Learned While Serving My Way onto a Church Staff
Lesson 5 – Grow Something
8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” -John 15:8
This is probably one of the hardest lessons I learned and that I’m continually learning. To recognize that part of serving isn’t just showing up and doing what you’re told. It’s taking what you’re given and growing it. Making it better. Your ability to grow something will always result in your promotion. You’re inability to grow something will result in frustration and possibly demotion.
You won’t serve your way to the top just by showing up. You’ll serve your way to the top when you grow something.
So how can you grow the area you oversee?
1.) Get Coached – I’m a young leader – there is so much I don’t know it’s not even funny. To be honest, I don’t know a lot about how to grow an organization. So what do I do to make up for my incompetency? Surround myself with people who have grown something and ask them lots of questions. Experienced people will take your farther, faster.
2.) Steal Everything! – Don’t know what to do? Find out who is doing it well and steal their model! Steal their creative ideas! In time, you’ll be able to take others ideas and mold them with your own. Never stop coming up with creative ideas yourself, but never be afraid to copy someone or some organization that does it really well.
3.) Develop Potential Leaders – Find the potential leaders in your organization and develop them. When they’re ready – put them in charge of an area and help them grow it. To be honest, if you have the right leader, growth will take care of itself. Believe in people and let them go to grow!
What are some things you do to grow something in the areas you lead?