I am interested to see how these concepts apply to Berryton United Methodist Church and the Great Plains Annual Conference. The engagement level of the current congregation today is evident to people who may visit the congregation for the first time. Engagement also makes a difference in how readily someone is to share with others about their experience with God and the local church. I am looking forward to more today and will be paying attention to how we can make progress in congregational engagement.
A couple weeks ago, I traveled to Houston for continuing education focused on highly functioning teams. It was part of the Advancing Pastoral Leadership program that I have been part of for several years. We had the opportunity to hear from leaders from Chick-fil-A, NASA, and Chapelwood UMC. It was an excellent learning opportunity and there was much that I found valuable. Here are just a few quotes that were significant for me:
“Don’t coast.” – Janice Virtue
“Just because you are a good leader doesn’t mean you are good at leading people.” – Kate Potter
“No one is smart enough to run everything.” – Wayne Hale
“All great projects, halfway through, look like a disaster.” – Wayne Hale
“There is no perfect solution” – Wayne Hale
“If you want everyone to be on the same page, there has to be a page.” – Bob Johnson
I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and continue to develop my leadership abilities to serve the congregation and community.
At one of my favorite coffee shops, I overheard a group of students say to the barista,
“We’re going to work here when we get old enough.”
I was struck by the power of this statement. The environment and culture is so enjoyable that someone would want to work there in the future. Not just be present or come from time to time, but commit time in the future to working to create the space for other people.
I hope to lead congregations with a similar culture. I hope that people don’t just come to worship or take part in ministry activities because it is nice or fills some niche in their life. I hope that people are so engaged by the the purpose and culture of the congregation that they want to help make space for others to share what they have experienced.