I mentioned that I was going to list out the specific steps that I was going to take in order to overcome this comparison trap. Here they are. I realize that some of these seem pretty dramatic. That's ok. I am willing to try it.
1. Admitting that I've been comparing my ministry to others. The cat is outta the bag now. Confessed before The Lord and by putting it in writing I am now making myself accountable.
2. For one year I am committing to NOT READ any books that are specific to Children's Ministry. Leadership, evangelism, or communication books are great. Just not specific KidMin "how to" books. I have found myself constantly trying to measure up to the standards of what others consider to be excellent. You know about my addition to podcasts, right?! Well, this one year commitment includes podcasts. Gasp. Gonna be a tough year for yours truly. I am embarrassed to admit how many books I read in a single year on ministry matters. :) No conferences, books, or podcasts that address specific ministry "how to's" is going to be a tough one for me to carry out. Wish me luck! This one is seriously going to be hard for me. I believe in the "leaders are readers" theory. I just need to redirect what I'm reading for a time.
3. Shift in Focus: at this year's Global Leadership Summit Jim Collins mentioned being responsible for your "unit." This spoke to me. If I can make myself remember that I am only responsible for the "unit" where God has placed me, it changes the way I think. I then, embrace the skills and gifts that I've been given and process, problem solve, and lead with my one "unit." Not gonna worry about what worked with someone else's unit. My unit is unique.
4. Investing in other leaders. I am committing myself this year to invest in the ministries of other leaders. This isn't about me....it's about us, together, advancing the Kingdom! What a privilege. We are so much stronger together.
So, one year. It ought to be interesting!
How about you? What have you done to break from the trap of ministry comparisons? What has worked for you?