Focus on Your Strengths

“We know some of their strengths, but I think it’s important that we focus on our strengths.” – Mike Matheny, St. Louis Cardinals Manager, 2012

As we have seen the St. Louis Cardinals overcome some pretty devastating odds, it’s a lesson for everyone.  Focus on strengths.

For the individual: This may mean that you stop doing some of the things that aren’t in your giftedness. What is it that you love? What is it that people have told you are good at?  In what areas have you found success? Focus on those. Grow them.  Of course, you have to the do the little things that you may not love so much. They key is to accomplish those things quickly, effectively, and efficiently (delegate, manage time, etc), to invest more time in focusing on strengths.

For the organization: The same goes for an organization.  What is it that you want to be known for?  What are the gifts of the key players in leadership?  What are you able to do that no one else can do?

For the ministry: We rely on the power of Christ – I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.  We focus on God at work through us.  And God has uniquely gifted each member of the body of Christ with certain attributes, attitudes and desires that help further the kingdom.  What are your gifts?  What are the strengths you have been given that can be offered to the body of Christ?

For the church staff: Matching the staff member to the right job is an important part of focusing on strengths. When the staff team is aligned with their passions and gift sets, the church can sail.  And don’t be afraid to change those roles and positions as the needs arise or as the giftedness in an area surfaces.  The church staff role is also one of focusing the strength of others in the ministry and the congregation.  The staff needs to have a sufficient, but not overwhelming role, to allot the needed time to encourage, equip and spur on the members of the congregation.  Church staff members need to think more like a coach and less like a hired hand.  Helping the church plug their gifts and strengths into ministry will bear much fruit in the life, longevity and legacy of the church.

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