"David - Can you flesh out your last comment 'human resources instead of project management.' I think I know what you mean, but I would enjoy to read your thoughts."I'm a list-calendar-deadline guy. I like getting things done. Few things are more satisfying to me than checking off the box in my online task manager and seeing that to-do item disappear to the bottom of the list.
Click. Check. Ahhhhhhh....
Now, don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like people. Nothing brings me to life like working with others to proclaim the gospel. But when it comes to my natural definition of productivity, I am inclined to think of projects, not people.
With glee, I acknowledge that my responsibilities at Covenant Life are very project and calendar and deadline oriented. And that can sometimes be a pitfall. In my leadership of our teams, I get too focused on execution of the next event, and I stop making the effort to help people serve to the glory of God and the fullness of their gifts.
A great example is related to our current "re-upping" campaign. I've asked everyone who is currently serving on our tech teams to decide if they will continue next year. As I get responses, I fill in a spreadsheet. 6 slots open here. 3 slots open there.
My first thoughts are: How do I fill those spots? Who can I ask to double up? Can I get a recruitment announcement from the stage?
My first thoughts probably should be: Who could be better positioned in order to be more fruitful in his or her service to the Lord? Which of these people need to be challenged to serve more? What type of people could I call on to bring their gifts to bear here? Who could I retrain to take on more significant responsibility?
I need to not just check the box and not just fill the slot.
I need to see how God might be using the church's projects to shape and mold the servants who will complete them.