If you’re leading a church, you’re probably gifted. God’s given you some skills which you bring out on a regular basis to build the church. Maybe it’s a preaching or leadership. Perhaps you’re a great evangelist or strategic thinker.
Whatever your talent is, it ain’t enough.
Your talents aren’t enough to do what God has asked of you. If they were, then you wouldn’t need God. Can you get to a certain level on your own? Sure. But to take the work of God in your hands to greater heights, you’re going to have to see that your talent alone just won’t cut it. Your people deserve you to be more than who you are naturally.
To your talent, you’ll need to add the following to steward your talent well:
Don’t just rely on your gifts. Work your mind to make them better. Get that seminary degree. Dust off the Greek and Hebrew. Your people need you to know what you’re talking about.
Talent and faithfulness aren’t the same. In fact, a lot of talented people get discouraged and quit. Don’t. You’ll have to become faithful to be truly fruitful.
Talent is just a sign of untapped potential. If you’re naturally a good communicator, imagine how good you’d be if you practiced. Do the hours, do the reps. Get better.
Whatever you’re talent is, I guarantee there’s some better. Find that person and beg them to coach you. You’re never too old, too good, or too lofty to get good kick and a hug.
Your talents aren’t enough. But, they’re a great place to start. Get a plan, and get to work on them to maximize your effectiveness for Jesus.1