My friend, Pastor Trent Dollyhigh is not afraid to speak plainly to his congregation. He’s very articulate when he says “There is a place for everyone to serve at this church. I’m always open to suggestions and new ideas. I respect your opinions and appreciate your feedback. BUT, don’t come to me complaining about the way other people are doing their service, or with an idea that you’re are not willing to orchestrate or to point out a problem that you’re not also bringing a solution to. We are all “Taters”.”
This TATER analogy has been used often, and expanded on so that it’s probably not even close to the original. To my knowledge it’s so widely used, the original author is unknown. Each time I hear this, I think, “I really want to be a SWEET TATER!”
I was searching for a way to present a method to identify the strong personalities on your hospitality team, and “Spuddenly” I had an idea! Can you identify your TATERS from the discription below, then work to guide them into becoming “SWEET TATERS”?
- Dick: The DIC TATER is very bossy, volunteers to run everything, likes to be in charge and have things done his way. James 4:6 “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble”.
- Spec: The SPEC TATER is never motivated to participate, even when they are present. They’ll talk to others, if approached but will not contribute even anonymously. Romans 12:6 “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly, if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith…”
- Comment: The COMMEN TATER shows great promise in finding fault with the work and service of others. Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
- Aggie: The AGI TATER finds self promotion is making a big deal out of things that aren’t; and worse; asking others to agree with them. Their negativity is not apparent to them, nor how it affects others. 1 Peter 2:0 “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind.”
- Hezzi: The HESI TATER means well, but just never seems to get anything done. They think about it, pray about it, talk about it, then talk about how they’ve been thinking and praying about it. They just never seem to get beyond that and even hesitates at accepting God’s will. James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
- Emma: The EMMA TATER wants us to be what the other churches are, not what God has sanctioned us to be. Imitation is a sincere form of flattery, but God created each of us uniquely, and thus we have churches that can cater to the way people worship. We need not imitate what is popular now, but the blessings God has given us to serve others according to HIS will. 1Peter 2:5” you also, as living stone, are being built up as a spiritual house for the holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
- Sweet: The SWEET TATER are those who love others and do what they say they will. They are always prepared to stop whatever they are doing and lend a helping hand. They bring real sunshine into the lives of others. They are sweet, just like they are, nothing needed to be added.
With just a little guidance and hand holding, may we become FACILI TATERS of the tools (gifts) God has given us to help each other grow.
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Blessed with the gift of gab and hospitality, Bev served as a staff member for a fast-growing church for almost a decade. Discovering her talent for helping people step out of their comfort zone, she began recruiting volunteers to serve in Children’s Ministry. As the church grew, her focus became the influx of visitors and the need to make sure they didn’t get lost in the growth. For this, she developed a full team of trained volunteers to create the “WOW, from the Street to the Seat”. Her success with this program lead to speaking engagements at churches across North Georgia, prompting a string of WOW experiences! Now, as Marketing Manager for Displayit at Church, she loves sharing her tips, tricks and ideas, that can make a real difference. “We’re all on the same team, the Jesus team. Let’s work together for the greater good!”