“We’ve got the wrong people!” one of our leaders exclaimed recently. We were discussing what each of our volunteer roles would look like as we worked off the basis of assignment and passion, rather than obligation or agreements made in the past.
So to the tune of “Call on me and I will answer you and tell you great and wonderful things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3), we were asking a simple question:
“Who are your people group?
“Who is the particular group of people that God has give you a heart for / proximity to / connection with?”
The answers were diverse: professionals, young families, immigrants, people with mental illness, who live in the mountains, and so on. As they realised what God had put in their heart, it was liberating! There was love there! Some of their eyes lit up (but at the same time, they wondered, “Now what?”)
It’s easy to get distracted and pulled away from our people and our passion. As leaders, checking regularly about how our activities line up with our call, is essential. Once you know the people and passion in your heart, it might be time to work with your group to work out how to collectively express this. I think this is a great tool for going on that journey with them.
Being clear about these things takes us away from busy work and performance. Being clear will lead you to an abiding fruitfulness. That’s where I want to be!