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Sometimes it is hard to look beyond ourselves. We see our ministry, and what we are trying to accomplish, and get caught up in the process. We see everything on our calendar and, many times, only view the church through that lens.

Your ministry is important. You are trying to achieve benchmarks in your plans. You have a vision God has given you to fulfill, and you are working hard to make that happen. All the responsibilities you hold for your ministry can be overwhelming, because they are your responsibilities, no one else’s.

This is why you may find yourself feeling as if nobody else on staff understands you, and why they have no idea what it is like to be in your “ministry shoes”.

You are right! They won’t understand your role and ministry, but not because they don’t care, but because it’s not theirs.  

They have different roles to play in the body of Christ. They are trying to fulfill their tasks and accomplish their vision. The hope should be, all ministries happening in the church are aiming towards the same vision, but they have different ways of seeing that vision come to fruition. They are just as important as you.

Yes, it is difficult when the finance people don’t understand why you’re purchasing 700 cans of shaving cream and 50 pool noodles. They don’t care if they were .10 cents at Wal-Mart, they want to be sure the budget is alright, and that is their ministry. They aren’t trying to hold you back from doing ministry, they want to make sure the church can stay open for you to continue your work.

The senior pastor, and leaders, may see you as a teammate, but they may also have a hard time relating to you and your extensive knowledge of FortNite. It is not because they don’t value your ministry, that just isn’t their lane to be in. That is okay! Don’t get caught in the trap of feeling like you are not valued because people question your ministry tactics. Take the time to explain why you’re doing what you are doing.

This may not be an issue for you, praise God! However, I know many middle school pastors who become frustrated with leadership, and other members of the church ministry team. They begin to rebel. They begin to feel like their ministry is more important because it’s reaching the next generation. “These people just don’t understand!” becomes their war cry.

I get it. I was there in my beginning stages. I had to humble myself and see, these people may not fully understand, but they are willing to listen. These people may not be in my ministry shoes, but they are wearing a pair of their own. I need to be willing to listen to them and assist them in accomplishing their mission. After all, that’s all they’re trying to do for me, too. Their ministry matters just as much as mine.

– Bobby Benavides

Discussion Questions:

  1. How can you get better at valuing other ministries in your church?
  2. What can you be doing to help other people understand your ministry?

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