About a week ago, I was privileged to join the Life Teen staff for Chick-Fil-A Leadercast. We heard amazing talks about leadership and of course, ate some tasty chicken.
Many things resonated with me throughout the day, but one speaker said something that completely blew me away.
It was a quote that I have not been able to stop reflecting on over the past week.
It came from Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric and Fortune Magazine’s Manager of the Century. He said:
“If your employees don’t know where they stand, you don’t deserve to be called a manager.”
Now I know that he uses business language, and sometimes that can be hard to translate into ministry, so let me ask you a simple question:
“Does your team know where they stand?”
Let me ask it a little differently:
“Does each individual Core Team member that volunteers their time, talent, and treasure know where they stand within your ministry?”
I’m sad to say that as I reflect on my time as a youth minister, most of my Core Team members did not know where they stood.
To be honest, often times, it was easier for me to be inauthentic, to tell them what they wanted to hear, and later to complain about their poor performance behind their backs.
Unfortunately, I have to live with that.
But you don’t have to.
It’s time, as Catholic Youth Ministers, that we stop hiding.
It’s time to step up.
It’s time to treat our Core Team members, who give up their precious time, as if they are a gift rather than the biggest obstacle we have in our ministry.
It’s time to be authentic, look each other in the eye, and let each other know the truth (with love of course).
Your Core Team members deserve to know where they stand.
For your ministry.
For the teens.
Real growth in ministry is not easy, but it does require the truth, and the only way any of us can ever improve is if we know where we stand.
Question: How can you be more authentic with your team? (Share below.)