Since taking on my role as Executive Director at Rock City Church, a question which is often asked is “what do you do?”. The other day I was researching Church Management Software providers and stumbled across a video of a keynote from a friend I highly respect, Jenni Catron. Jenni is the Executive Director at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN. When I look to other churches for “How they do things”, I often start with Cross Point. When I look for leaders for examples, I often start with Jenni. I have mad respect for both.
So as I was watching her keynote, I heard Jenni say that she is often asked what her role is at Cross Point. She said that “if it happens at Cross Point, I’ve probably had a hand it at some point.” That is a pretty fair statement for my role too. She also said “unless it’s the kids ministry and you don’t want me working in there.” Again, a fair statement for me too. But then she said something that caused me to hit “pause” on the video to write it down.
My role is to move ministry forward…
There it was. Three short words that have become my calling card each morning when I wake up thinking about Rock City. I’m here to “Move Ministry Forward.” So what does that look like? What does that even mean? I think it takes on different aspects and roles with each project or obstacle, but overall, I like to think of it as follows:
I try to look at each of our processes, our vision and our goals as a church and remove all complexity, unnecessary steps, costs and provide each member of our team with tools to make them efficient and ease their workload. Ministry can be hard because the amount of people doing the heavy lifting can be minimal. You’re operating on limited budgets so you have to make the most of every minute of your teams time.
We’re just scratching the surface of assessing each process and tool but there is a tension because we’re growing at a pace that doesn’t appear to be slowing down for systems and flow to catch up. For that, I give God all of the glory. It makes my role at this time, with this church, more important every day. I’m honored to be in this seat and thankful for the opportunity.