I cringe for two reasons. The first is, It's my fault. I cannot abdicate my leadership responsibility when people are not taking ownership of this work. It could be because I haven't done a good enough job at casting compelling vision, communicating clear goals, or authentically asking for their contribution. It could be for a variety of reasons that someone doesn't feel engaged, and the poorest assumption to make is that it's because of them. We as leaders need to take responsibility (read ownership) for those we're leading and those we're not, ever searching for ways to enroll more people.
Secondly, I cringe because the work cannot be accomplished without them. It's a reminder that we have so much more work to do recruiting new participants and forming them into leaders. The work of Missions is too great to be accomplished by any one person or even a small group of people. Our entire church needs to be awakened and mobilized to become missionaries, bringing the Kingdom of God to our world. We must be constantly moving our community members from consumers to contributors to Christ followers and helping people take ownership of this work.
So I offer a simple action step: make a decision to eliminate "you" from your church vocabulary. And I really encourage you to chime in... Do you feel ownership of the work of NativityMissions and Church of the Nativity? Are you facing challenges with getting your team to take ownership? What has worked for you?