Mindset- Scarcity vs. Abundance

Macro photo of tooth wheel mechanism with imprinted SCARCE, ABUNDANT concept words

When it comes to resources do you operate from a mindset of scarcity or one of abundance?

If one operated from a scarcity mentality then they are often afraid there won’t be enough. Some examples might include the finance committee member who is afraid to spend money for fear they won’t be able to pay the bills at the end of the month. Or, it could be the council member who says we can’t do that because we do not have enough volunteers already. Or, it might be the pastor who looks at the church that is growing across the community and is resentful because they are “stealing all our people.”

If one operates from an abundance mindset then there is always more than enough to go around. Here, after careful and prayerful consideration money is spent even if it goes over the budget if this is where God is leading. In an abundance mindset if there are not enough volunteers for current ministries it is suggested that we find a new way to recruit, train, equip, deploy and thank volunteers and give them the opportunity to use their gifts to serve God and others. A pastor with an abundance mentality celebrates the church reaching people down the street because he or she recognizes that if all the unchurched people in the community came to church we would not have enough seats to hold them all.

If you think about it…you can identify the people in your church who have a scarcity mindset or an abundance mindset. Most of us are pretty good at identifying those with the scarcity mindset but we don’t see it in ourselves. When it comes to mindset, self-awareness goes a long way to helping us become the leaders God intends us to be.

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