Who you are is worth multiplying.

I’ll say it again, though that usually only works from the stage, on the chance that you missed it the first time and should probably say it out loud and repeat it AND change the wording up a bit so its first person.

Say: who I am is worth multiplying.

In the Church world we have this idea of discipleship-it’s the multiplication of believers. It’s what Jesus did with the 12. It’s what the disciples did with those after them. And it’s how the church goes from 12 to 150 to 3000 back then to a couple billion worldwide today.

Whether you work for a faith-based organization or whether you’re in the private sector, here’s what I’d like to argue: as a person of character, what you have, who you are, today, right here, right now-it’s worth multiplying.

At our organization, one of the absolute biggest aims is to invite people into partnership with the church. One way this happens is by becoming a committed volunteer.

Here’s some of the language we use around volunteering… “if you only ever just attend your church, you are only ever experiencing half of what God has intended for you;” “volunteering at your local church is as much about what you can do for the Church as it is about what God wants to do in and through you.”

And with every interaction, every single touch point with this incredible group of world-changers we seek to press two agendas: vision and affirmation. 

1.Vision.

I have had the unique honor to sit with two separate groups of about twelve volunteer leaders (we distinguish a “leader” in this case as someone who is actually charged with leading other volunteers) once every month for training and development.

These folks are giving of themselves over and above their normal work week and family time and so we had better be prepared to maximize whatever they bring to the table for this training.

One of the ways we do that, as leaders, is a relentless, minute over minute, entry to exit vision cast. It is about calling people to something higher. It’s about giving them the “big why” and drilling it down through conversation, creative exercises and general teaching moments.

Why?

Because vision leaks. (AKA: People forget “the why”).

Again, people have their own stuff going-constantly; literally thousands of hours concerned with other key relationships, deadlines and the ever-increasing swirl of the stressors and anxieties that is daily life!

And it’s our job to remind them with smokin’ red hot passion that A) what they do matters; and B) what they are a part of is the highest of causes.

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Student Ministry Leaders, the Literal Heroes of the World

2. Affirmation

It’s that first part about reminding people that what they do matters a great deal in the lives of others that brings us to the second thing.

I firmly believe that most people forget this. In the world-wind of self-doubt, negative self-talk, a raging “inner judge” and a natural tendency to believe that we are not good enough or at least not special-most people walk around every day believing quite the opposite.

And when you affirm someone-a leader that you’re training or developing in some way-you must make absolutely certain to look beyond the things they do, the stuff they accomplish, the product they produce and instead look to affirm their fundamental core, their identity, natural strengths and talents.

And that’s what happens when you call out in someone the worthiness of multiplication. When you affirm someone beyond their results-oriented work product. It’s when you call out how they did it and where it came from within them that makes lifetime leaders out of someone.

This week, I challenge you to A) think about who you’ve been missing calling out the best in them and; B) give them an affirmation that strikes at the core. 

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