According to the Urban Dictionary, this was a phrase that developed in the 90’s and was made famous by Larry the Cable Guy. While it has many applications, the gist is the idea that we need to stop talking about it and do something. The focus becomes accomplishing something. The process is often secondary to the completion of a task.
I was raised in a world where professionalism was the focus. I was taught that God requires nothing less than our best. I spent hours focusing on a process and project to make sure that it was the best. This was true of the worship service as well. We wanted people to practice and be prepared. We focused on the best singers singing for all the special Sundays (Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day, etc). We often had visitors on those days and we wanted our best to be on display.
I remember my first few months in rural ministry. I sat on the platform focused on all the things that I would start to change. Believe me, this church could use a good dose of structure and organization. It needed someone to show them how worship should be done. Fortunately, I promised myself and God that I would not make any changes for the first year. I would seek to learn why they did things the way they did. What I learned was that the “Git Er Done” mentality was often sourced in a tender, humble heart for God. I watched as people were moved not by the performance, but by the attempt at performance. I watched as God honored in a very unique way the “Get Er Done” world of rural ministry.
Next month starts my 25th year as Pastor of this church. In 24 years, I am the one who has changed. I still practice my message each week, but I don’t force my world view on the congregation. I have come to realize that a 9 year old boy playing the piano for special music on Mother’s Day probably touched more hearts than any professional song. I am not dismissing God using talented people and I am glad He does. I think rural ministry allows us the opportunity to involve people who would not get a chance in larger ministries. The focus seems to be less on the process and more on the outcome. And when I can have a church where people feel safe to “try” and serve God, I watch as they develop the confidence to serve God in the real world as well.
THOT – What would happen if we really opened our services up to people who were willing to just try and be a part of the service? Jesus took 12 guys with no ministry background. He taught them, allowed them to fail, and used them to reach an entire world. What would happen if we focused more on “Gittin Er Done” and less on the process?