But I still look for outlets for new opportunities. For instance, I was thrilled to help relaunch our outreach team recently. It was exciting to identify the right people to lead the team, recruit other members, and encourage the team to think in fresh new ways.
I got the same thrill recently when my son and I put together a Christian concert that involved six other area churches from a variety of denominations. We worked together for the good of our community, and it was an energizing experience. I love to watch simple dreams become spirit-led, physical realities.
The day-to-day management of the church, though, doesn’t thrill me. Preparing church budgets, running leadership meetings, dealing with difficult and disgruntled people, and taking care of the administrative needs of ministry leave me feeling very tired. As I’ve learned to implement a balance between starting new things and managing what’s been built, though, I’ve discovered a boost to my overall mental health.
As challenging as the new technology endeavors have been, it has been fun and energizing to be part of—especially because there is the potential of much kingdom fruit. My pastorate certainly looks different today than it did when we planted our church 13 years ago, but I appreciate the new challenges and opportunities to grow as a leader.
Linda A. Wurzbacher is Lead Pastor of Blessed Hope Community Church in Rochester, New York.