Ministry happens when committees, commissions, boards, and teams work with leaders to get things done, right?
This is how it’s been done for generations but – increasingly – committees are difficult to fill and the differences between those committees and “teams” are merely semantic. Two conversations yesterday inspired me to notice how community organizing is replacing committee work to carry out effective ministry.
TBC met with former U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom Matthew Barzun yesterday who inspired her and other graduate students about using their power for good. (Using our collective power is essential in community organizing.) She left energized to study, work, and encourage others to make a difference too. She has become an evangelist for life-changing ideas and developing relational power.
The Stated Clerk of my denomination has said that his hope is to shift us from committee-izing our ministry to organizing our ministry. Nobody joins a congregation or other non-profit in order to attend committee meetings. But we are inspired when invited to join a movement that makes organic changes that enhance human life.
There will always be a need for meetings to organize ourselves for action. But the actions we seek are those that offer deep nourishment and substantive changes in the way we live. What if we saw the mission of our work through that lens?
Instead of holding meetings of committees with a “have to do” agenda, what if we organized ourselves as being part of a movement?