Is Your Staff Exhausted From Doing All the Work While Your People Sit Comfortably? This May Be Why. 

Is Your Staff Exhausted From Doing All the Work While Your People Sit Comfortably? This May Be Why. 

We have been introducing the five myths that are stalling disciple-making movements. Week 1: The 5 Ministry Myths  Week 2: The Engagement Myth

The EXPERTISE MYTH: Ministry Excellence = Excellent Ministry 

Are your staff and key leaders exhausted? Does it feel like they are the only ones executing ministry while the congregation seems to be content to just watch? If so, you may struggle with the Expertise Myth.  The Expertise Myth is all about who is responsible for the church’s mission. Many churches are frustrated because they wish their people were less consumer-driven and more contribution-driven. What often causes this dynamic in churches is the assumption that ministry excellence always equals excellent ministry.  Think about the last event, program, or group you did. What did you celebrate? Most churches celebrate how excellent the outcome was. This leads them to entrust leadership only to those who have the expertise and can ensure the best “final product.” This unintentionally discourages the development of emerging leaders. We never make space for people to practice and step into leadership because the expert can always do it better and that is what matters most. This thinking prevents people from stepping into the responsibility of being leading a ministry or discipling those in their circles of influence. They never feel like they can do it as well as the “experts,” so they stay comfortable as they watch an exhausted staff do it. Want to learn more about the five ministry myths and assess how influential they are in your church? Download the FREE assessment here and get a free training talk by Robby Gallaty from our Discipleship Blueprint course. 


Our staff must shift its mentality from players to coaches. They are not meant to be the heroes that execute ministry, but the hero-makers that equip their people for ministry. To do this, the staff must lean into the tension of providing ministry excellence while also empowering emerging leaders in the process. A catalytic mission statement that clearly communicates a “no sidelines” expectation serves as a constant reminder for the staff and the congregation that they are all called into an all-play team sport.  Ready to bust this myth? The Discipleship Blueprint in an on-demand course that includes seven training sessions with some of our most foundational concepts that we use with teams in our consulting processes. Access this course here.