We just got the okay to plan our Youth Winter Conference (don’t worry we are working through the best ways to do it still when it comes to all the stuff going on right now) and I had this moment where I was freaking out because last year at this time we were 3 weeks into announcing it and taking sign ups. And we just got the okay to plan it… so we are behind.

Right before our first real meeting to begin to chat about about all of the things, I made a list to go over and ran it by Belle who is in charge of all our big events and camps. I said, “Belle, today’s meeting is big. We need to make sure we hit all of these things so we are on the right track okay?” Belle is really good at what she does. She takes my chaotic mind and brings structure to it for everyone else.

Belle looks at me and says, “Do you not trust me?”

“No I do I just want to make sure.”

Belle again. “Do you not trust me? I have all those things on my agenda plus ones you missed.” Then she made the gesture of holding onto something tight and then letting it go. “Release it. I got you. Let me do it.”

And I took a deep breath. It’s true. I needed to let go and trust people who are really good at what they do because they are better at it than I. I know I have good ideas and can cast vision and dream big but I am not good at organizing in a way that makes sense. Belle is good at that though.

Belle helped me realize that I can’t, and don’t need to, do it all.

Get yourself a Belle.

Who on your team can call you out when your are being a leadership hoarder and help you loosen up your grip so ministry can run more efficiently?

So leader, what are you holding onto that you need to let go of because others can use their gifts that God has given them to help move your ministry way more forward and faster than if you were to do it?

One of the best things I have been forced to do and have learned to do in this season is learn to give more and more away. I realized our ministry can do more when I figure out how to do less. For other control freaks like me, I know what it feels like to feel like that if you don’t do it it won’t happen at all or in the way that you would do it.

Resist it.

If not, at least build yourself a team with a Belle to help remind you that you don’t need to do it on your own and there are others with different gifts who can help push the ministry forward.

So again I ask…

What are you holding onto that you need to let go of because others can use their gifts that God has given them to help move your ministry way more forward and faster than if you were to do it?

 

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