Ever had something not go your way? Of course you have. We all have.
Maybe this happened to you when you volunteered. It probably happened to some of us when we started volunteering.
One of the hardest things to do is to try something again that didn’t go so great the first time. Maybe you volunteered for the parking lot team. Your first day was a rainy day and no one told you to bring an extra pair of socks. While everyone else changed into dry feet, your feet stayed wet all day.
Maybe your first day volunteering to serve in the nursery, you were teamed up with the head nursery general as a mentor and she spent the entire time criticizing everything you tried to do to help.
Maybe your first day as a greeter, you found out that you’re allergic to initiating introductions with complete strangers. In fact, you discovered you really don't even like complete strangers at all. After all, Jesus said you had to love your neighbor as yourself, not like your neighbor as yourself. :)
These are not reasons to give up. We believe that everyone has something in them to serve other people in a not normal way. We want you to try a few things to get back in the game.
Maybe it's time to have an honest conversation with your team lead. Don’t just disappear from the rotation. Let them know that you really have a heart to serve in ministry but you’re not sure if the spot you are in is a good fit. If you know someone else that might be a good fit on their team, make that suggestion and maybe even introduce them to each other.
Consider the things you naturally do well. Every organization will always have multiple spaces for people to serve but serving in them for a need and not a fit isn’t good for anybody. God created all of us with unique gifts and talents. Think about what makes you tick and discuss those with your current team leader. Then ask your current team leader if they can suggest another place to serve in your church that better fits your gifts. Partnering with them through this allows them the opportunity to lead through transition and to be a good teammate to other ministry leaders in your church.
Make sure not to taint your new opportunity with negative feelings from your previous opportunity. This can be difficult for some of us but it is true that the energy we find in a room may have walked in with us. Go into this new opportunity with open eyes and a renewed attitude that you get the chance to impact how someone else experiences God and faith in your church community.
Take a "Not Normal" step. While you want to remember some things that went wrong (that memory will help it not to happen again), set it aside for now, look for another step to start again. Being not normal requires that we let go of past failure and look for another place for God to use us to impact the world around us.
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