Axioms for KidMin #5 – Are We Still Having Fun?
How do you gauge the fulfillment level of your team? Whether you are talking about staff or volunteers, the answer to this question is a critical, fundamentally important to the success – or failure – in accomplishing your vision.
In Bill Hybels book Axioms, he addresses this with the following:
In leadership terms, we carry a responsibility to lead in such a way that those we lead are as freed up as possible to do their jobs from a place of life and peace. Are they slotted properly in terms of position? Are they carrying the right load? Are organizational expectations of them extremely clear? The shorthand way I stay apprised of this stuff is by asking my staff & colleagues, “Are we still having fun?” (page 175)
What a great question! And so, so appropriate for Children’s Ministry. Your team needs to be “having fun” or something is wrong. Now, this doesn’t mean they are always laughing & joking and always “having fun” in that sense. Rather, it means there is a sense of fulfillment and meaning about what they are contributing. There’s a sense of purpose and camaraderie among the team. The work may not be easy, but there is an eagerness to do it, a willingness to invest and a cheerfulness amidst the tiredness when it’s complete.
As Hybels continues,
I’m asking if there still exists something fundamentally life-giving about the role they’re playing and the job they are doing. . . When we are focused on the right mission and have the right people executing roles that are consistent with their gifts and calling, I expect to see a bounce in people’s step, a sparkle in their eyes, joy in their hearts, and energy to spare.” (pages 175-176)