I ask myself a simple question when I think about my role and how I can best serve my team, community, etc - "what 5 fold ministry am I working with and how can I set this person up so that they can succeed in a holistic manner when they take over this project, team, ministry?"
I am not surprised that God has surrounded me with folks who differ in their gift mix, personality and temperament. However, other gifts often frustrate me, confuse me, or make me feel uncomfortable. But without them, and without mixing with them, we will mature well. So it's important to work together and give space for other gifts and voices.
However, and this is a big "however", there are folks "under" us that are about to come up in "rank" and someday take over our roles. This is a healthy thing. I’ve handed off so many titles, projects, and roles. I’m constantly needing to find myself in God and not in my roles… or what was expected of me at a certain season in my ministry. With this said, I can see who's behind me, like a relay race! So, I ask myself the question I asked above to make sure that their run at the race is off to a great start. My gift mix (Apostolic), if used well will help the runner run well, holistically. So, if God lets me run before this person who is a Pastor, Teacher, Evangelist, Prophet or even another Apostle, I ask myself, “What can I upload in this season with this person so that they are able to run their part of the relay better, stronger, deeper and more effectively?
Think about this with me today. Review the PDF attached here. What would happen if you didn’t work, enable or give space to the other Gifts? How might a team utilize your Gifts? Let’s make room for each other while still leading and producing much fruit.