If there is one thing I have learned through both my personal and professional life, it is to not be a pushover.
By definition, a pushover is someone who, is easy to overcome or influence. If you have ever been in ministry whether it be a paid position or as a volunteer, you may have been asked to do more than you can handle or comfortable with. Giving your time and attention is a great way to serve both the church and the Lord. However, can also be detrimental to the ministry you are involved in. The lack of participation in the church can often fall into the hands of those already involved helping out or to those hired by the church because they are the “professionals”.
Over-volunteering and over-involvement can often lead to burnout in ministry – no wonder youth directors average 15 months at a church! When looking at the life and story of Jesus, he was a nice guy not a pushover. Jesus went into the temples and overthrew the tables, for the sake of sticking up for what the house of prayer was intended to be. Jesus did what was right, for the sake of maintaining what was sacred.
To quote Bill Cosby, “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody”.
Be firm with who you are, what you believe, and where your mission for your ministry is going; but be humble and open to wisdom and direction.