My husband says I operate at two speeds: full blast when working and then full stop on a Sabbath. He claims I have no in-between speed. I do occasionally push myself pretty hard which is good…and bad. But my schedule isn’t this post’s “point du jour.”
I’m thinking of my ministry buddy, Jeff Dunn-Rankin. (That’s what he calls me – his “ministry buddy” and I like it.) Jeff is the VP of Consulting ? for Mark DeVries’ Youth Ministry Architects and in that role, Jeff’s the boss of me in my piece of the YMA puzzle as Lead Consultant. (I know, poor guy. Pray for him.)
Jeff pushes me. Jeff pushes me hard, at times. He doesn’t take any crap from me and is not afraid to give me push back. He knows how to manage me, yet never “secretly manages” me, which I would hate. A “Jeff-ism” that echos in my mind on a frequent basis, “Just because its hard doesn’t mean we don’t do it.”
I just finished up drafting a game plan for a possible new division of YMA geared specifically towards small church ministries. (To be unveiled January 1, 2012) My deadline to Jeff is today and I know I can’t send him “B” level work. He’s too smart for that. Furthermore, he thinks I’m too smart for that, too. Just because the required game plan involved an excel sheet, a matrix, a rhythmic weekly schedule, a draft assessment report, a business timeline, etc., doesn’t mean I’m allowed to slouch…because Jeff has pushed me to be better in my part of all things ministry to youth workers.
I really like that about him. And I’m thankful.