Almost 95% of participants name Work Relationships and Respect as a current Satisfier in their ministry life; on the flip side, just over a quarter of participants identify Work Relationship Challenges as a Stressor.
This suggests that the teams within which we function make a significant difference in our experience of ministry life. Although many aspects of ministry are done without an audience, the relational context within which these happen also matters. For many people in ministry, you may have multiple “rings” of relationships: supervisors, colleagues, administrative support personnel, volunteer leaders, and financial donors.
It might seem obvious, but it’s worth pausing here. Feeling respected and having positive relationships with colleagues and supervisors has a tangible impact on our satisfaction with ministry life and our sense of personal accomplishment.
Prompts for Reflection:
- Thinking about your best work environment experience, what contributed to making it so positive for you?
- What strengths do you have in your current work relationships? How can you guard and build them?
- When do you feel most respected by your colleagues? In what ways do you intentionally demonstrate respect and appreciation for those with whom you work?
- If you are facing work relationship challenges, it may not be feasible to change colleagues or supervisors; what changes might be possible within your current work parameters?