Loneliness is one of the biggest challenges I see my clients battle. It’s a feeling of isolation that they describe as, “It just seems like no one cares.” I can relate to their feelings because it’s something I’ve face before.
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I’ve worked in large staffs, with dozens of volunteers yet still endured seasons of loneliness in ministry. It’s an emotional and physically draining experience. One that I feel compelled to share because:
We’ve all hit those moments of desperation where we’ll take anyone willing to give their time to serve in the ministry. Sadly this approach rarely works. In the end, instead of having a highly functioning team, we have problems that could have been avoided.
The long-term solution is to create a recruiting structure that prevents difficult volunteers from entering into your ministry. But, the reality is that most of us aren’t there yet and we need to deal with the troublemakers now.
We could always use more help. Volunteers are great but they have full-time lives. Then there is hiring more employees, but the budget doesn’t always allow for it. If you are in that in between another area to consider are INTERNSHIPS.
Investing in an internship at your church or ministry is worth checking out. It’s not only a way of expanding your capacity in the short term but an opportunity to set you up for success in the future because an internship is a:
It’s tough being the leader. You need big vision and the ability to take people in the direction God’s calling you to travel. It’s not always simple, and that can be due to our own mistakes.
There will be difficult seasons in your ministry, but a good leader will prevail. They’ll know which moves to make, who to rely on and how to approach the situation. Leadership is hard but it really only becomes complicated when we:
You’ve tried everything and nothing changes. You’ve changed your program times and invested in new content but the results are the same. People aren’t showing up, no one is committing to serve and you are stuck. What once was your dream job has now just become a job.
There will be moments when ministry feels like work and that’s okay. The reality is there are seasons of growth and pruning. But, those seasons where you feel stuck can feel like torture. When that happens it’s important to: