Able and Available – A Powerful Combination

One great tragedy in the church is that too many leaders are trying to imitate “the greats” instead of ministering the way God wants them to minister. You are unique in who you are and what you can do. God doesn’t want you to destroy that uniqueness by trying to be someone else.

We can learn from others and we appreciate others’ work and ministry. But don’t destroy your own distinctiveness!  Be you and God will use you in a special way.

It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to become more effective and grow the skills and passions you have been given. Of course, you need to learn all you can, improve, get good feedback and coaching, and grow in your abilities.

But remember that being able and available is a powerful combination.

Try this: Think of one of the “bests” in your world – the best preacher or student minister or worship leader? Do you have a name in your head?  Are they able? Of course.  Are they available? Probably not. Typically, they are not available to come work or serve in your context, church, or community. They are serving in their own area.

That’s why both being able and available are so important. You are available to the people you serve and lead and you have the distinct gifts to lead in the way God has called you. In other words, you are where you are for a reason.

In what ways can you increase your effectiveness in becoming all that God has called you to be?


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