Think of this:
You are in a meeting. It is the first of the year and your church would like to make some goals and action points for the upcoming year.
At first you all sit there–awkwardly. Then the well-rehearsed people (you know, the ones who have called the meeting, thought about it for weeks, and hope everyone will agree with them) chime in. Everyone else is so taken aback and they feel like their ideas aren’t thought through enough to contribute. No one says anything for a few more minutes.
Then the one known as big mouth opens up. Silently people groan. “If no one will talk,” he says, “then I’ve got a few things….” He proceeds to name everything wrong with the church. People begin to agree, because they are, after all things that are wrong with the church. A lively conversation occurs—-for 2 hours.
After 2 hours, some wise one chimes in and says, “okay, now what are we going to do about it?” No one can agree or no one wants to take the effort to do the things suggested. Some people call the ideas stupid, or they won’t participate when their ideas are shot down.
Finally, you decide to do a car wash–after all your church will “reach unchurched people for Christ,” its evangelism, its mission, the finance chair loves it, the SPRC chair puts the youth director in charge, and the UMW/UMM will provide pies and fried chicken. There. 3 hours later, your church is doing a pie and chicken car wash in the church parking lot. The next 3 hours is dedicated to delegating who will bring the hose, soap, and sponges followed by an argument on whether to use Armorall spray or Armorall wipes (or to do interiors at all…). And who will donate the money for the excess water use for that month?
Does that sound like any meeting you have ever been in with the church, work, school, or otherwise?
Stay tuned for Creative Collaboration as Problem Solving for Church Leadership–we may have some solutions.
(see this post, Creative Collaboration as Church Leadership, to get an idea about where we are going here)