Security Guard, Hoarder or Equipper?

Would you consider yourself a security guard, a hoarder or an equipper?

You can describe most church leaders in one of these terms. We each feel the call to shepherd the flock God assigned us, but we do that in unique ways.

Much depends on our spiritual gifts, our community and even the availability of resources like money or accessible meeting space. Yet each is driven by a very different driver: our personal view of our task.

The motivation for personal security belongs to us, but what about congregational security?

Is it your role to protect your church from loss? Perhaps you serve in a community where young people escape to a city for better job opportunities. Or you may have been assigned to a long-standing congregation of mostly retired folks. The reasons abound. However, leading as a protector of the status quo is a liability. It nearly always results in the loss of that which you attempt to protect.

No one wants to be called a hoarder. Yet, many of us hoard people, money, land and other resources.

For some, this addition orientation is selfish at its root—“if my church grows fast, I’ll assume a measure of fame.” The hoarders among us mainly act from a desire to build the kingdom and fulfill the great commission. Hoarding can result from positive motivation. The problem, of course, is that addition always bows to multiplication. The task is to make disciples who go rather than collect spectators who stay tied to us.

Ultimately, the equipper best plays their small role in Jesus’ grand drama.

We are called to behave toward our members as the Egyptian midwives to Moses, Aaron and their generational cohort. The drama in Exodus features two women who would have overseen a considerable cadre of midwives. Their decision to spare Hebrew children set the stage for the actual exit from slavery. They not only spared Moses, but by the time he killed the Egyptian slavedriver, there were a host of male Hebrews in his peer cohort. These would be the fathers and grandfathers he would eventually lead to the border of the promised land.

You and I are called to be spiritual midwives equipping our people to give birth in their personal mission fields.

Try to play it safe as a security guard, and you lose the opportunity to participate. God is at work among significantly older people and in shrinking communities. You and I need to equip whoever is before us for their small part in the kingdom. Tying our members to ourselves feels like Moses had he tried to free enslaved people only to build an empire within the realm of Egypt. Such a thing may have even worked politically, but it would have never served God’s purpose of liberation and a nation free to bless the world.

So, security guard, hoarder or equipper—where do you derive your motivation?

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1 thought on “Security Guard, Hoarder or Equipper?”

  1. Im the equipper! I get them moving on their way! However, I am the hoarder. I like to keep people forever, I like to serve too! I love teaching or facilitating in church. I find peace in serving. I once stayed a facillator for 8 years in my home based church. I out grew it but didnt want to leave. It became my home away from home. I guess Im a little of each.

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