In fall 2015, Travis Wussow was living in the Middle East with his wife and young daughters. A normal day would include meeting with diplomats to discuss religious liberty concerns, advocating for the marginalized and oppressed, or developing partnerships with other organizations.
He doesn’t have a diplomatic, military, or political background. And how he got there can’t ultimately be traced to law school or his time as an attorney in Texas.
The catalyst for his world-changing work was a weekly commitment to set up and tear down a gymnasium for Sunday worship services.
If you lead in the local church—whether you’re full-time, part-time, paid, or volunteer—it’s time for you to fire yourself.
Before you start penning an “I’m out of here” letter, let me define what I mean.
I’m not suggesting you walk away from your role. I’m not implying you’re incompetent at what you do. I’m not even insinuating you’ve lost the spark of passion for your job.
Instead, I’m suggesting it’s time to let go of some of the things you love about your ministry. Maybe you can confess along with me that you hold onto certain tasks because deep down, you think no one can do them as well as you.
Do you struggle to find volunteers to serve in your church?
If you’re like most leaders, the answer is probably yes. Just over 70 percent of church leaders say they find recruiting volunteers challenging or often impossible, according to the 2015 National Survey of Congregations.
Leaders lament the “80/20 rule”—a theory that suggests 20 percent of church members do 80 percent of the work while the other members do very little.
Still, it doesn’t have to be that way.