This could be a long list. It is true that some of us pastors never seem satisfied. We are driven to see the Kingdom of Heaven make an impact in people’s lives today. And that means always pursuing something new. But what makes a pastor happy is seeing that same passion in other’s lives.

When we shepherd people and they “get it,” it thrills our hearts. And what does that mean? What does it mean to get it? It means that Christians see that God has made them to share in the journey and in the work of the Kingdom. And they use their gifts to do that.

Last Saturday I was watching a video at our Men’s Breakfast. It was Tony Dungy, coach of the Superbowl champions, Indianapolis Colts. He was sharing one of the lessons he learned while playing for the Pittsburgh Stealers. “Be who I am. Bring what I have to the table every day. Be dependable.”

This simply means, use what God has given you, show up and contribute. Be part of what God is doing in the church and in the world. Use what God has given you! When Christians jump into that, I get happy!

We have many examples at our church who do just that. It doesn’t just make my job easier, it is my joy. One such example is Scott Liebenow. He is one of our worship leaders. He’s a gifted man, a great dad and husband. And he’s putting new energy into writing and playing his music again. You can check it out at

Let me ask you. What do you bring to the table? What is your venue (what table are you bringing it to)? And are you dependably showing up? I’m not Scott and Scott isn’t me. But we each have something powerful to bring to the table. We each have multiple venues for ministry. But together we all are building the kingdom. What could make me happier?