One of the things I love about Dona Trautwein, our administrative assistant, is that she’s always insisting I teach her to fish. You’ve probably heard the phrase before:
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
One of my unwritten job duties is fixing computers. It’s one way I use the gifts God has given me for technology to help others. Dona will often have a question about something and rather than just getting it fixed (which, by the way, is way faster in the short-run than teaching, though much worse in the long-run), she insists I teach her what I’m doing.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Sometimes it just needs to be fixed and I do it, but if it’s anything she remotely has a chance of needing to know again in the next year or two, I try to accommodate her and teach instead of just giving. She’s actually learned quite a bit since she’s been here. It’s fun teaching her because she wants to learn.
One of the things that Dona and I both do regularly is put together the worship PowerPoint slides. Dona works on Traditional and I do the Contemporary. The other day, I was watching her work on the slides when she duplicated a slide without using the mouse. As it turns out, Control-D will duplicate a slide, and I never would have discovered it if Dona hadn’t taught me. You might know this quote too:
I’ve been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now *I* am the master.
That was Darth Vader to Obi-Wan. Hrmm… I hope she’s not Darth Vader in disguise…
During the Dave Ramsey Town Hall for Hope event, he talked about what to look for in a financial advisor: one who has the heart of a teacher. If they aren’t willing to teach you about managing finances, they aren’t worth having as an advisor.
I like to think I have the heart of a teacher. I love teaching, especially in impromptu moments. During the funeral for Ken Cross yesterday, I was running sound in the media booth. Becca, one of our youth, asked if she could come sit up there with me. She joined me in the booth and started asking questions about the board.
I ran through some basic functions: mute, volume, which slider was for which microphone, etc. We started off both manning the board. I handled the Lectern/Pulpit mics and she took Pastor Carl’s. Ten minutes into the service and I had moved off to the side and she was running the show. It was fun multi-tasking for me and she had a good time learning something new.
At the heart of it, youth ministry is about discipleship. Spiritual growth is certainly a key piece, but we also like to help youth grow in other areas. We want to help nurture youth to be the young men and women God wants them to be. And it’s a joy to be a part of the process along the way.