And, cue the craziness. Let the week of unending responsibilities ensue. I am near
the finish line. I think I can. I think I can.
Ever feel like that on weeks like this? Weeks when your Halloween or other large
event threatens to suck the very life out of you?! On weeks like this our families become frequent guests at drive through windows all across town, our offices smell like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. We are operating on little sleep and lots of
In order for a large event to come off without a hitch, it often requires more stamina that Superman himself embodied. To mobilize and equip such a vast team is definitely a superhuman strength.
As time approaches, we become "weary in doing good" (Gal 6:9). It's during these
remaining hours til "go time" that we must have a laser sharp vision. As we channel our inner Superman, we will gain strength to resist the Kryptonite.
Focus on the team.
One of the most important reasons we offer big events is because of the synergy
it creates within our own church team. Your role is to "equip the saints" (Eph 4:12). Build your team up, encourage, go out of your way to personally thank each person (face to face) who was a part. Celebrate the win together. Was your goal to bring in 50 more families than last year? Was your goal to offer the gospel message to 10 new families? Remind your team of your vision and celebrate together when it's accomplished.
Remember the "why".
What is your vision? There will, ineviitably, be a volunteer who didn't show up; a blow up game that requires a generator you didn't have, or a hurricane named Sandy that creates chaos. Remember that in light of your stated vision, these things are small. Set aside the things that feel like defeat and press on towards your vision. Don't let the small things defeat you. Your staff needs you to carry the vision before them. Much like at home, your mood reflect their moods. Your ability to maintain a positive attitude in the midst of the craziness will spill over onto them.
Love on the people.
Ministry is about touching the lives of people. It's not about if you were able to "one up" your last event, or whether you had more guests than the church down the road. It's not even about how great of an organizer/leader you may have appeared to be. It's about touching people who are broken and need to know Jesus. It's about breaking down walls and saying "I can relate to you in some sense." Your ability to set aside the chaos in the moment will prove to be the most powerful thing you could possibly do. Live in the moment (in spite of the chaos) and love on the people, love on and encourage your team, and remember that the big event doesn't have to be your Kryptonite.