© 2010 Ross Christopher Donaldson.
I was on staff at a church a few years ago that had the mantra, “replace yourself!” At first, you’ll agree that this is crazy-talk. No one settles job-security nervousness with that phrase. But the staff had it 100% correct. The act of replacing yourself works on many levels.
First, it tells you that the Church is bigger than you are as an individual. And even though you add your own unique gifts, abilities, and character, should you disappear from the scene, the Church will remain. This isn’t said to slap you in the face and take away your worth and purpose. It does keep you humble though. It is you and me that get to join the ride, the conversation, and the beauty of the Church. The Church was here before us, and will certainly sustain once we’re dead and gone.