Every year when spring rolls around, I go visit the local flower shops and nurseries. I walk around and admire the bright orange gerbera daisies, the deep purple petunias, the vivid yellow marigolds. Many times I have filled the cart with them to bring home and plant in my yard, fully expecting the beautiful display of color to last all summer. However, by the time we get to this point in the summer, they have lost their bright color and have become straggly and ugly. Eventually I pull their scrawny roots out of the ground and discard them.
Those colorful flowers I adore just won’t survive in my yard. We have big, old trees which, of course, provide lots of shade. It is a waste of time for me to bring home those wildly happy gerberas, petunias, and marigolds. They might grow in my neighbor’s sunny yard, but they won’t thrive in mine.The best soil in the world won’t help, nor will regular feedings of plant food and water. Without sun, they just won’t produce. So, no matter what is thriving just on the other side of the fence in my neighbor’s yard, I’ve finally accepted that it won’t necessarily grow–much less thrive–in mine.
How many conferences, seminars, and workshops have you attended, coming home with bright ideas and colorful inspiration from the material offered by presenters successful who are wildly successful in their context? You return, ready to plug in these new practices and processes and watch them play. And just how often has that worked for you in your context?
The point? What thrives in my neighbor’s bright sunny yard won’t thrive in my shady one. The same holds true with equipping practices. What works in my context won’t necessarily work in yours. If you are struggling with growing an equipping culture in your church, perhaps you are applying practices that are successful in someone else’s congregation but just don’t match the make-up of yours.
Just as individuals are uniquely designed for ministry, so are congregations. Before your equipping practices can take root–before your volunteer ministry can really thrive–you need to assess the conditions in your church and choose practices and structures that are suitable for your context.
It’s not a “one size fits all” world inside or outside the church!
Need help? I will help you assess your church’s culture and then strategize with you and your leadership team to develop and implement equipping practices that will yield a colorful bouquet of believers working together for the kingdom of God!
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