“Back to School”
Back to School
Ephesians 4:10-13 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 10 He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) 11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.
My official job title is “Pastor and Teacher.” Lately, a number of people have come to me with issues that have nothing to do with anything in my job. My first response, when this happens, is to try to be helpful anyway. My second response, which often doesn’t occur to me until much later, is to refer the person with the concern to someone whose job description actually matches the problem. The problems generally have to do with decisions that are, as we now operate, under the purview of Council. As Freddie Prinze use to say, “Is not my job.”
However, since my job description does include the mandate that I “strive to serve the entire membership of the church,” it crossed my mind that one way I might accomplish this is to “equip the saints” – in this case, Church Council members and Council Wannabes – with a unified understanding of how to manage the church in a way that might head off at least some of these issues.
To that end, I am proposing an eleven-week study of my favorite book on church management – Bill Easum’s Sacred Cows Make Gourmet Burgers. The point is to get us all on the same page, so to speak, in a way that having a copy of the Bylaws available has not accomplished.
Easum starts by questioning the assumption that “everything that happens in the church has to be controlled and coordinated.” The reality is that this assumption leads to much internal conflict, not to mention that there is nothing biblical about it.
So my proposal is this – a back room (next to child care) meeting starting Tuesday September 18 from 5:45-6:45, so we can get in before AA takes over the parking lot and out before they take over the building. Subsequent meetings would be on the first and third Tuesdays until our eleven weeks together is concluded. We’ll review and discuss a chapter per session. I will have copies of the session’s chapter available at least one Sunday prior to each meeting.
Let’s move forward “to the unity of faith,” and learn how to save ourselves a few headaches along the way. Let me know if you’re interested in this Back to School church 101 study group.