A strange phenomenon is happening with our Keepers of the Faith club. This year I am no longer leader and the group is smaller, but those involved are participating fully. Last year, I strongly felt God’s prompting to step down from leading the group. No one had offered to take my place, but I truly felt compelled to step down and let it go. God reassured me that if the group fell apart that was fine, and if another leader stepped forward, it would be one of His choosing. Now I get to see God’s hand stirring up this group.
Keepers of the Faith is a club for boys and girls. It is similar to scouts in that the kids learn skills and earn badges. The difference being that Christ is in the center of each lesson. I started a group with our homeschool group 3 years ago because both the kids and I were desiring more fellowship with our peers. Keepers of the Faith allowed us to develop relationships with others while doing something constructive and fun.
We had our first meeting of the school year this past Thursday. I did not organize it or plan it. Another mom did. She didn’t want to be called leader, but I think she now sees herself stepping into that role. We had an organizational meeting while the kids worked on a watercolor project. Each adult there stepped up and took some responsibility. My, how wonderfully refreshing that was.
I have no problem accepting that I am not a good leader. I don’t designate responsibility well. My feeble attempts at trying to get the other adults involved over the past 3 years failed. Most of the other adults became more detached, just sort of “hanging out” at the meetings rather than being involved with the group. I would “suggest” a need in an email to the group, and when no one responded, I took on the responsibility myself. After 3 years of this, I was extremely burnt out.
Now that each person is taking on some responsibility, there is synergy. The other members are taking ownership of the group. I forsee a fruitful year for our club, not only in the skills the kids will learn, and the friendships that will be formed, but also in the blossoming of prospective leaders that before had no reason to exercise their gifts. I am once again excited about being a part of this group. What a great feeling!