As leaders, we are tempted to take our best people and keep them tied into institutional responsibilities, which more often than not keeps them away from the mission. We take our business people and put them on boards and committees. We enlist our artists to help upkeep our sanctuary. We take our communicators and have them teach Sunday school. What could these same people do out in their communities if you released them? Who could they reach? Who could they serve? How could they live as the hands and feet of Jesus to the people around them?

So I have a question for all of you church leaders out there. And I have run churches, so believe me, I know just how hard this question is. Who is God calling you to release? What would that cost you?