I've seen reports lately that indicate--no, insist--that the United States has more oil buried beneath its surface than that of the Mid-Eastern nations. Stunning.
One of the many delights I find in the church is the talent buried within the local congregation. All we need is leadership to tap into it.
The strategy for drilling oil is complex with its x-rays and rigs and pipes and reservoirs. The approach to productivity in the kingdom is reversed. It isn't the skills of the leadership that attribute to production; but rather the surrender of controlling egos coupled with the next step of learning to get out of the way.
Gifts are Spirit implants. Men and women sense the call to action. Roadblocks of men in leadership tend to stifle....whether that comes from elders or deacons or church staff. If not careful, we leaders will become the red tape which could cause the work of the church to meet a dull death.
Let my people go is still the call from above. The people will come up with creative and amazing ways to serve if the path isn't blocked by a leader; like those of us in my position. I have found my opinions as to how things ought to go were often very short-sighted.
God gives believers gifts. May they be overjoyed to learn they get to use them while among us!