Sometimes a question can change everything. On a Friday afternoon a few years ago, I was meeting with a friend of mine for our weekly mentor meeting. I asked him a simple question with no idea the impact that it would make. I simply said, “you wanna learn to play drums?” I saw the spark in his eyes and he said yes. Now, I am no Ringo Star, but I knew the basics. I taught him the tss, tss, tss, tss on the symbol and the boom on the kick drum with a chuck on the snare drum. I gave him the basics then I pressed play on a song and let him practice.
After an hour or so I came back in where he was still working on it. I saw that he was catching on very quickly so I invited him to join us for worship practice the next night. It just so happened that we didn’t have a drummer that weekend. He would be able to spend a few hours practicing with people. He came and did an amazing job in practice so we offered him the opportunity to play with us on Sunday. (This is not the normal way someone joins the worship team) He had no ability to do in any fills or extra symbol work. All he had was tss, tss, tss, tss, boom and chuck and it was wonderful.
Over the next few weeks, Jason became a consistent part of the worship team. He took the basics I gave him and found other ways to learn such as Youtube. Jason became a very good drummer. But it didn’t stop there. Jason became a conduit for the information I gave him. He began asking the same question I asked him, “You wanna learn to play drums?” Because Jason started asking the question Max is now the drummer for the youth group and for the main service as well. Max had no skills, but he was asked a question and then was willing to learn.
What question should you be asking? Is there a skill that you have; one that you could pass on? There are four components to passing on what we have learned to others.
1. IDENTIFY: We must identify someone who may be willing to answer the question. What gifting do they have? Are they teachable?
2. INVITE: We must be willing to ask the question. For some, this is the most challenging part of the story. What if they say no? It is probable that sometimes they will say “no”, but we are no worse off. If they say no, life goes just as it was before, but if they say yes, it may change so much for them.
3. INVOLVE: We must give them an opportunity to put what they are learning into practice. Because they are learning this may mean that things are a little messy.
4. INVEST: We must be willing to put some time into helping them acquire the skills necessary to accomplish the task we are asking them to do.
What skills do you have? Can you teach a class, play an instrument, greet people, work with computers? Are you good with technology, facilitating groups, caring for people’s needs? If you have skills in any area it is imperative that you pass them on. Consider what skills you have and pass them on.