Why Isn’t It Working!!
By Brendan McMartin
Have you ever asked yourself this question: “Why isn’t it working?” When it comes to ministry we can have times where it’s just not working, momentum is going the wrong way, and we start to become frustrated.
I remember when I just got my licence I had an old Holden VB commodore. I went to start it one day and it just wouldn’t start. It wasn’t working. So I called the mechanic and he said when there is a problem you’ve got to check the air flow, fuel, and the spark plugs. He said in most cases it will be one of these three things causing an issue. So I got the car towed to the mechanic and he began to search for the problem. He would disconnect a pipe, or fiddle with the spark plugs and then he would say, “try turning it over now”. And we’d keep trying this until the problem was fixed.
In my experience it is very similar to ministry. There are common problems just like with a car: air flow, fuel and spark. I). The spark of a ministry is the vision or in other words the focus. What we are all about. Vision is what sparks people – it gives them something to focus on and stirs excitement. II). Fuel is the buy in. People are sparked by vision and therefore buy in to that vision. They begin to throw themselves into serving that vision. III). Air flow is two fold. It speaks of releasing people to lead and carry the load. And it represents the Holy Spirit speaking and breathing life into all we do.
When we find ourselves in a position where it feels like things are just not working, have a think about your vision and focus. What are you communicating? It’s not so much about the vision statement on the wall, it’s about what is spoken down the hall. Is it sparking people or is it all doom and gloom? Learn to speak vision and give people something to focus on!
Vision is the thing that attracts buy in. Help people to see their part and make it easy for them to get involved. Protect them and try not to dump everything on them. Manage them well. Think longevity not just short term gain.
And lastly, are you empowering and releasing people to run with the vision? There should always be accountability, but give people a go. Learn to realise that we will probably not find the ‘perfect’ person, but don’t be scared to try the untried. You might just surprise yourself with how good they are! Also, how are you going with listening to the voice of God? Are you moving with the Holy Spirit, are you allowing room for God?
However, what is also important to note is that sometimes the motor is dead and the only way to fix it is to get a new one. Some programs are dead and it’s time to focus on something new. Stop investing into what has had its day. It will break your heart and you will miss the new open doors God has for you.
Finally, don’t forget to ‘turn the key!’ It takes work to get this happening. Are you willing to turn the key and try something? You can have all the ingredients, and all the potential to go to new heights, but if you don’t turn the key nothing will happen.
Leaders, keep going, keep working on communicating the vision, help people buy in and keep releasing people into their God given potential by being led by the Holy Spirit. Keep turning it over until you get the victory!