I have recently been receiving feedback that my ministry is making other people tired. Interesting, but not really my intention. The feedback usually comes after someone reads my monthly report to the Board of Trustees (Let’s face it, December is busy for ministers.) or the January newsletter which is full of my activities for the coming months. I don’t want reading about my full schedule to fatigue other people.
My first response was to point out that I am an extrovert from a Myers Briggs perspective, which means I get energized rather than drained by being with people. However, I think the new items added to my calendar stem from a different source.
My first few months in Orlando were taken up with learning about the congregation. There was a lot of focus on the nuts and bolts of governance and how ministry is accomplished here at First Unitarian (1U). In the process, I have gotten to know a lot of the lay leaders. This is all wonderful.
I really love leading adult programs. It is such a great way to get to know the other folks in the congregation and to continue my own growth. If I wait until all the institutional work is done to do these “fun” things, it will never happen.
Don’t get me wrong. I feel that institutional work is very important. How we govern and manage ourselves is an expression of our values and therefore critical. But even as this work is on-going, I need to reward myself with the things that really feed my spirit.
We are all fed in different ways. So, don’t be worrying. In addition to leading worship and going to meetings, I am going to lead some adult programs… and I’ll be a happier minister because of it.
What do you do that makes you happy and feeds your spirit?