Written by Bob Schindler, Executive Director of CEDE Partners – an Initiative of CEDE Sports
Slaves to Urgency
I’ve been guilty of it. I’m still guilty of it. Almost everyone I know in sports ministry is guilty of it. We, in the sports ministry world, are slaves to urgency.
What do I mean by that? Have you ever heard of the expression, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease?” The expression means that the person who complains or protests the loudest attracts attention. There are a lot of “squeaky wheels” in sports ministry. And they demand our attention. If we’re not careful, we can spend all our time with the squeaky wheels and miss out on doing what we’re supposed to be doing.
Make no mistake, it’s not just people who are squeaky. Tasks like emails, phone calls, lining fields, etc. can all be things demanding our attention. All these things are important and need to be done. But how do you prioritize? How do you delegate? What is your job as a sports minister?
The answers to those questions vary from person-to-person and church-to-church but what I offer below is universal.
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)
If you’re in leadership, God has put you there, with a particular gifting, to “prepare God’s people for works of service.”
How much of your time do you spend doing Ephesians 4:11-13? Are the “squeaky wheels” keeping you from this important job?