Creating A Monster

Have you created a monster? Have you dreamed up a ministry or program so big that it is eating you alive?

I’m all for bold vision. But sometimes we bite off more than we can chew or create more than we can maintain.

I once knew a children’s ministry director who dreamed up an exciting new Sunday program. The idea was bold and compelling, but it would require a lot of volunteers to make it happen — around 200 “slots” over the course of the year. The even bigger problem was that the whole church had less than 100 people. She wondered why she couldn’t find enough volunteers to make the ministry happen.

I’ve seen it with age-level ministries, support ministries such as administration, A/V and tech, and senior-level efforts such as building campaigns and church-wide programs.

And sometimes it’s not the staffing or financial needs that overwhelm us, it’s our failure to acknowledge our own limitations. We are easily seduced into overcommitment, perhaps justifying it in the name of greater impact. But whether for lack of external or internal resources, the results are the same: fatigue, resentment and potential burnout.

If you’re feeling any of those at the moment, consider whether perhaps you have a created a monster that needs to be shrunk down to reasonable size.

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