The Best

by Ps. John Kelly

At our church we have a large number of volunteers and that number continues to increase as more and more people become involved by serving on a team.

One concept that we have and will continue to build into the culture of our church is the culture of becoming the best at whatever we do.

Often when it comes to volunteerism, people simply want to do a “good” job and many volunteer leaders simply expect their teams to do a good job. After all, itʼs not like they are getting paid to do this.

But what happens when we move beyond saying, “I want to do a good job” to “I want to be the best at what I do.”

Within the church, as well as outside of it, how can I be the best? Not good, not great, but the best.

How can I be the best possible worship leader, songwriter, lighting or sound tech, event planner, drummer, preacher, teacher, mascot, usher, connection or guest service worker, hospitality member, production and setup coordinator, etc.?

How can I be the best employee, boss, parent, etc.?

This attitude is called excellence. I want that in my life and we want that in our church.

We have to decide to do whatever it takes to get there, however long it takes. We have to be willing to put in the work to become a church full of people that take ownership and devote themselves to that mission.

What does a church look like that developes that type of culture?

Moving forward, what does that mean to those who decide to do it?

Itʼs a whole life investment. We have to be constructively critical, we have to listen and be teachable, and we have to resource ourselves with a purpose. We are going to have to invest time, money, and make sacrifices. We will have to look ahead, make goals, increase our knowledge and capacity to become better and better. We will also have to carefully choose who we spend time with and who we allow to influence us.

Itʼs going to take a lot of discipline and hard work.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men (Colossians 3:23).


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