One Man Band
by Danny Tippit
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I was a pretty decent athlete growing up. I generally started most sports I played. Football I was the starting quarterback. Basketball the starting forward (a very small forward). Baseball I was starting somewhere in the infield or at pitcher. I ran track specializing in high jump, making it to city and state track meets quite often. I was in a youth bowling league and won several local and state tournaments. I cheered in college and had some success there as well. This is not to brag, but to prove a point.
I was the prototypical one-man band. I wanted to do it all. It was a good and bad thing. Good because I was sharpening my skills in many different areas of agility, hand-eye coordination, execution, problem-solving, and endurance. However, I never honed those skills enough in one particular emphasis to be able to go any further than college. I had a promising opportunity to get a college scholarship for bowling. However, when I stepped into high school, football and basketball became more of a priority. Baseball fell to the wayside from lack of practice and a sudden freak inability of not being able to throw a baseball accurately. There was no training for football, basketball, or track in the off-season because I never had a break from sports during the school year. And when I did have a break, summer time, I had other interests (girls). I tried doing it all only to get burned out completely.
I said all of that to say this. I have learned that it is better to do one thing great, than ten things mediocre. This has become more clear to me more now than ever before since being called to helping my pastor planting a church. On the outset everyone is doing anything they can to pitch in. But as time goes on and you move from a church plant to no longer a church plant the multiple hat wearing must be minimized.
I call it releasing ministry into the hands of the people. We just had two pastors on our staff move down to the area to begin their full-time positions at our church. They will be taking some of these hats from me and our lead pastor. What is awesome about this is that they will be doing things within their specific ministry focus, therefore, the effectiveness of those ministries will be greatly increased. My primary responsibilities will be greatly enhanced because now I can devote more time to what I am principally accountable for. And our pastor will also be freed up to concentrate on his areas of expertise and his chief role as lead pastor in the church.
It doesnít stop there. Each of us will continue to release ministry to others within our focus as we continue to grow, mature, and see God calling us to different areas and ministries. We cannot hold onto things that are not ours to hold on to. We must trust God and trust those we know God has called us to release the ministry to. Remember it isnít ours to begin with. We are basically stewards of the roles we are called to until we are released from that role to step into another mantle.
This doesnít just apply to people in ministry. It can apply to a mother with growing children. Mothers experience burnout quickly if they do not stop doing everything for their kids all of the time. Give them chores, responsibility, and roles. Help them to feel like something is of their own in their family and that they have a part in the family dynamics. CEOs or managers need to stop micromanaging their companies. They have to let their employees do want they hired them to do. If you are a friend to someone else, let them in on what is going on in your life and stop holding everything inside. Husband help your wife around the house so she doesnít feel like a one-man band. Wife support and respect your husband so he doesnít feel like a one-man band.
Remember a one-man band cannot play as long as a band with a different person on each instrument. Additionally you can only add so many instruments to a one-man band and one-man band can only play so many different types of instruments at one time.
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