Sometimes small changes make big differences. And sometimes the essential changes feel impossibly huge.
We spent time here on Tuesday covering intergenerational collaboration, leveraging board relationships, and partnering more effectively with volunteers. Juicy stuff. If you are feeling stuck in your ministry, integrating Church World and Business World (with a faith perspective) fuels all kinds of fresh ideas.
So, here are some truths to ponder with our boards and staffs:
- Collaboration with each other takes a lot of time and energy.
- Training leaders takes a lot of time and energy.
- Making a congregation safe and ready for diversity takes a lot of time and energy. (It also makes us smarter according to Katherine W. Phillips.)
- We have to decide if collaboration and training are worth it. (Some of us will say “no.”)
- There are simple and effective ways to “manage the pain” of culture changes. (A future blog post.)
- Succession plans can (and should) be considered throughout one’s service. (This is not the same as a retirement plan.) We must consider who will come after us so that we can set them up to succeed.