If you are serving in your church as an administrator, ask yourself these questions today. Take some time to see if your heart and attitude are filled with passion and zeal, or if you need to realign.
1) Do you have a dream? A healthy admin dreams dreams.
“It doesn’t matter if it is the dream of the primary leader or the administrative assistant- it’s still a dream. No one has the right to discredit your dream, much less steal it from you. If you have a dream, it’s yours to keep- never give up on your dream,” – Billy Hornsby (Success for the Second in Command).
If you don’t have a dream – get one! No one is going to take the time to dream for you. This is something that only you can do. Joseph was the second in command over Egypt and it was his dream that saved the people from famine. We often look at our roles and do not see the value in them. You might even feel that in order to have any worth in the church you have to have the title ‘Pastor’ – but don’t forget, you are in the ministry. That’s right, you are an ad-minister of the gospel. The day that you see yourself as a paper pusher, instead of a minister, is the day that you will lose all effectiveness for the Kingdom.
(2) Are you sold out for the vision of your pastor? Proverbs 29:18 says that “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Of all the people in your church organization, as the admin assistant to your senior pastor, you must know the vision clearly so that when you speak, you have the voice of your pastor and you speak life to those around you.
(3) Do you have a whatever-it-takes attitude? In the ministry we do not work a 9 to 5, Monday through Friday type of job. We are often on call 24/7. Be ready to give your church at minimal what you are asking your volunteers to sacrifice. Just as Colossians 3:23 states, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”
(4) Do you really love your pastors? You must love your pastors for who they are and not just for what their title is. You will soon find out, if you haven’t already, that your pastors are human too! It’s love that will get you through tough seasons. Love covers all the imperfections, misjudgments & hurts. Love gives us compassion, patience, and grace for one another.
(5) Are you organized? You may not get praised for your organization (like the fun creative staff does for an awesome video), but it’s because you keep the church organized that people will come back, receive, and give. People who come to your church are likely stepping out of dysfunction and when they step into a church that is functional, it motivates them to come back and to give all they have to the Lord who puts everything in our lives in order.
In the end we are all subject to one authority who guides and directs our life, who gives us dreams, who loves us with an everlasting love and whose patience with us is insurmountable. So give a little more, complain a little less and realize that your place is just as vital as the next.
-Celeste Gonzales, Celebration Church, Austin, Texas