I always feel humbled when I talk to someone who says they read my blog (I am usually READING comments from people not HEARING comments). And that was especially true last night at our church council meeting.
At the beginning of the meeting I lead a brainstorming session with the crew (which included a number of newly elected members) do devise some goals for the year. The catch was that they needed to think in terms of Christ’s mission in the world. Too often we get caught up in our own agenda and not with Christ’s agenda. I wanted this group to be more than a group of people meeting to talk about money and little projects around the church. I wanted them to think of themselves as a ministry team…working to advance Christ’s mission in the world. I want to move away from a business meeting model to a ministry meeting model (I am still trying to formulate this new model).
Anyway…after the brainstorming session the small groups choose their top 3 or 4 goals they came up with and shared them with the whole council. The goals that the groups came up with were great. Some of them include: (1) Reach out to the inactive members and the new people moving to town; (2) get more people involved with worship (especially the children); (3) pray more; and (4) read the Bible more. There were other good ones as well, but these jumped out to me…with the addition of one other…
…one of my parishioners/council members said as a goal “Install an air conditioner in pastor’s office” (currently I am without A/C). Of course I thought that was a great idea. Then the person who was writing these goals on the white board asked (with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye) “How does that advance Christ’s mission in the world?“. To that question another responded, “It helps with pastor’s sermon writing process.” [The next comment made me laugh] To that response, my parishioner writing on the board said (with still a smile on her face and a larger twinkle in her eye), “Sermon writing…I read his blog, he writes his sermons down at Coffee Choices.” Everyone laughed. I guess I had that coming…bye bye, A/C 🙂
Oh well…that is a small price to pay for the privilege of working with such a great and talented group of people with a mission focus and a heart for Jesus. And I hope this doesn’t sound like I am sucking up to get my A/C because what I said is true. What is important is Christ’s mission. But if my comments help get me A/C, then so be it. Who am I to say that A/C in the pastor’s office is not part of Christ’s mission 🙂
P.S. Did I tell you how AWESOME my church council is 🙂