While in New Orleans for Christmas, we were around all of our family. One of my nephew’s and Bryson, who are both around 2-3 years old, watched the movie Frozen everyday and three times a day. Even if it was just on in the background, they insisted on having it playing. That song… That wonderful crazy, catchy, HORRIBLE song! Over and over again on the TV, in the living room, filling the house and worst of all, now IN MY HEAD….
“Let it Go”
These three simple words that have truly permeated our culture and our minds, thanks to the little Frozen movie. (You have to like that snowman though right???)
These words really are valuable when it comes to ministry and leadership. The truth is, these three little words are truly what leadership is really all about. True leadership is about empowering others and helping them become all that God has intended them to be. You cannot effectively do that until you LET GO of some things.
Too often in my leadership in the church, I have hoarded ministry. I held onto it too tightly, not trusting people and not helping them be all God wants them to be. Ephesians 4:11-13 says, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God…”
God has called me and He trusts me to equip the people He chooses to send my way. I have learned that most effective, biblical leadership is about letting go of the credit and the “important” things like the pulpit and roles that are seen in public. This allows others to rise up to the challenge. To train, disciple, lead, pour into, trust, and equip those around me to “do the work of the ministry”. In short, we have to -Let It Go!