At Soma, we believe that every single person is a minister. A week ago, I wrote a post here sharing 6 core values that drive us. But, underneath those 6 values, we believe that every single person who’s been Called by Jesus into a relationship and adopted into the Kingdom is a minister. They have a role to play in the Kingdom and a function to fulfill in the body.
We are not building a culture of consumers, but rather a culture of disciplers.
If you’re going to be a part of the Soma culture, what is your ministry?
A tricky reality of ministry is good opportunity after good opportunity will pile up in front of you, all begging to be chosen and pursued by…you. Every opportunity will be “perfect” for you, no one else could possibly fulfill it as well as you. Every opportunity you don’t choose will result in an “end of the world” scenario for someone, somewhere.
So… As you begin to pick up ministries, you discover two things…
- Ministry is a blast, serving is fun and you’ve got unique gifts and talents that no one else has.
- Ministry can consume you, drain you of energy and leave you feeling dry and empty.
If you’re going to fully be a part of the Soma culture, you’re going to be a minister. But we do not want you to feel abandoned, stressed and helpless in a sea of needs.
To be a minister, thriving in a joy-filled, Spirit-led environment, you have to learn how to say one little word… “NO.”
There will be opportunities piling up all around you, especially as you grow in your gifts and people notice your talents. Opportunities will flood in and you’ll have to decide what you’ll say “no” to. That word, when used with wisdom, will set you up for success and years of joy as a minister in the body.
- Maybe your love for children and talent in teaching them means you have to say “no” to singing with the worship band, even though you love to sing.
- Maybe your gift for working with electronics behind-the-scenes of worship means you have to say “no” to coaching a basketball team, even though you love the sport.
- Maybe your unique ability to connect with elderly shut-ins means you have to say “no” to working with the youth ministry, even though you love teens.
If you’re going to thrive as a minister in the body, you have to be prepared to say “no” to the things you’re not uniquely gifted to do, even if you really enjoy them.
So, what are you willing to say “no” to?