How I let my team down…The key ingredient

In the midst of our team’s excitement about Inclusion Fusion, I received word today about a development that represents a major disappointment for our ministry. Funny how that pattern tends to repeat itself. Like a stink bomb lobbed into a party. When I got done seeing patients, I shot a text off to Harmony with a question…Why does this stuff happen? By the time I got home from the office, I had my answer, but I believe the answer came from a higher authority than Harmony.

I started reflecting on the experiences of David and Paul. Both were remarkable leaders. Both confronted great adversity. David, the rightful king of Israel, spent years fleeing a deranged and spiritually bankrupt King Saul determined to kill him because of the threat David posed to Saul’s position and authority. Paul experienced more than his share of adversity as well in his ministry to spread the Gospel to the Gentiles, along with the much-debated “thorn” in his side.

Both David and Paul responded to their adversity by turning to God and depending upon His power and authority as opposed to relying upon their own talents and abilities and the natural talents and abilities of their inner circle. I’ve been negligent in depending upon God and I’ve spent far too much time struggling to overcome the impediments placed in our path through my own failed strategies and solutions.

I’m incredibly proud of our extremely gifted and dedicated staff and volunteers at Key Ministry. Therein lies the problem.

While my Christian identity continues to grow, I’m also a very left-brained physician and scientist. When confronted with a problem, I’m prone to try to find the smartest and most able people available to tackle the problem. That approach is so rational. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last year, it’s that ministry world is not rational.

I’ve been trying to overcome our recent challenges in my own strength. I wonder if one purpose behind the “thorn” in my side (and the side of our ministry) is to be reminded that God doesn’t share His glory with anyone. If we’re going to have the privilege of watching God do amazing things through churches and kids with disabilities and their families, we may have to go through some humbling experiences so that it becomes unmistakably clear that God’s doing the work, and not a bunch of talented people operating out of their knowledge and experience.

Maybe if I learn my lesson more quickly and pray and the first sign of adversity as opposed to plan, I’ll spare my team too many more humbling experiences.


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About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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4 Responses to How I let my team down…The key ingredient

  1. You’re not letting anyone down…we’re so thankful you’re our leader! God is good…ALL THE TIME!


  2. kandewilson says:

    I love how Gary Haugen of International Justice Mission talks about this tension between relying on our own strength/talent/training vs. relying on prayer and things of the spirit in his book Just Courage. He says that in their offices, they pray together as a staff each morning and afternoon, in recognition that the mountain their tackling is too big for human effort alone… and to remind themselves who really drives the outcome of their ministry. I need this reminder all the time!


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