“Ministry conversations can hold clues to false narratives about God that, with a little spiritual direction, can be gently revealed and corrected, creating space for spiritual awakening to a God full of grace and wonder.” Andee Marks
I was rereading Andee Mark’s article, The Un-Interview* this morning. The article goes beyond a typical “interview” process for potential volunteers and challenges us to have meaningful conversations with them. Her thoughts on dealing with “false narratives” really hits the nail on the head, I think! All of us carry false assumptions with us; ideas and expectations about ourselves and about others.
As a leader, we need to recognize these wrong assumptions and start addressing them, in our own lives and in the lives of the people we serve with. Using Andee’s article as a springboard, I came up with five false assumptions people may have about serving:
1. The church doesn’t need help.
2. They have nothing of value to offer.
3. There are other people more qualified to serve.
4. Serving will require time or skills they don’t possess.
5. They will be asked to serve in an area they don’t enjoy.
Talking about these openly and honestly will help others realize that God may have more in store for them than what they assumed!
What would you add to the list?? Share your thoughts on our blog…
*You can read Andee’s article in its entirety here.