Ultimate Vertical Velocity: Navigating Growing Pains Vital to Development
It’s that moment of lost momentum that no amount of team building exercises, training events or movie nights can avoid.
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I love Bugs Bunny. Is that OK to admit? I’m especially entertained with the episodes where that wisecracking rabbit finds himself 10,000 feet in the air, plummeting to earth so fast that the plane’s internal instruments finally reach a point at which they say, “Is this trip really necessary?”
Then, inches away from the plane crashing into the ground – everything comes to a screeching stop.
With a whisker flick and carrot munch, he delivers that one liner, “Well, what do ya know? … Outta gas.”
What a great lesson in terminal velocity – and I suppose, fuel conservation.
As tech directors, we’ve all been there.
You’re heading up a team that at one time was vibrant, vertically charged, growing and full of momentum.
Now, you find that you have somehow run out of gas, though, and are starting to free fall. What causes this? Why can things look so promising one minute, and so discouraging the next? In your ministry, do you feel like things are starting to spiral downward, instead of reaching for new heights?
When your ministry has become stagnant, or even starts to fall backward – you may have reached ultimate vertical velocity – which can be a good thing!
But this is a difficult moment all the same.
Help is just around the corner…
Never heard of ultimate vertical velocity? Well, I think I just invented it – follow along with me. If terminal velocity is the fastest an object can fall while no longer gaining speed, then ultimate vertical velocity is just the opposite, and then some. It’s the bulletproof glass ceiling. It’s the dreaded plateau after an exhilarating rise!
In ministry, it’s the moment of lost momentum that no amount of team building exercises, training events or movie nights can avoid.
If you’re not careful, the ministry that you continue to give 1,000 percent toward each and every day may turn into a free fall. To where you can find yourself becoming very disappointed in finding out that gravity will eventually win.
Be encouraged though!
God does not want this to happen to your ministry!
What causes ultimate vertical velocity? Usually, it surrounds the inability to infuse your vision and leadership DNA into the next level of leader within your team.
You may be a good leader. But it’s possible to have too much of a good thing – there might just be too much you!
Let’s say your sound team can only currently support four volunteers. One of those volunteers must be identified as the next leader, or the team may never grow to five or six.
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