“I don’t think that’s going to work” This remark was not made as a criticism, but as a statement of what this person saw as the facts of the situation.
“I don’t think people are going to let go”
“Well, that is what we are going to have to learn” I responded
Ultimately we discussed the matter a little more and it ended with the remark “I don’t think people are going to change”
To which I replied “I have to believe they can, or I can’t be a pastor–I have to believe people will change for the better an learn to work together, otherwise what am I doing here?”
What controversial issue was I discussing? Something about technology or homosexuality, something to do with theology or principles? Some issue about the order of worship or where church takes place or who is sitting in what pews (these issues are so often where the rubber hits the road in ministry)
Name: Pastor Katy
Quest: To minister to the body of Christ so that we can build the Kingdom of God
Current Mission: To get people to share in the leadership of the Farmer’s Market.
That’s it, the issue is the people who ran the farmer’s market last year have some very important grandparenting duties this summer, plus it was a super-duper-success last year
So I told them, I wanted to put two people in charge of the Farmer’s Market in June, July and August (with me to open and close in May and Sept/Oct). I started out by noting that
a. delegating is harder work than doing it yourself
b. people are not going to be doing things exactly as we want them
c. BUT its important that people are invested.
Here is the test of ministry, not on theology or worship but politics. How do we work together as a community–but I have said it before and I’ll say it again. I believe the church exists ultimately as community builders–that is true Kingdom building work, and its hard, its messy and its dirty–but there it is!!!
Now to figure out how to do it!!!!