Friday, 26 March 2010
Keeping the Lights on.
Interesting time with Oxford clergy on the project this week. As with all the 'gigs' we've done there seems to be a certain amount of cynicism and disdain amongst leaders. For example it is amazing that once you start talking about wedding fees the whole idea of 'mission opportunity' can go out of the window. The language tends towards being about 'them' and ensuring 'they' do not take us for a ride, rather than about seeking to be generous and graceful. After all if 'they' are going to spend thousands of pounds on cars, photographs, video, hotel and honeymoon why shouldn't 'we' get 'them' to pay as much as possible. The wedding becomes more or less a transactional arrangement and not always an open transaction.
Are there some quick wins to help us. My starter for ten:
Make sure leaders get proper time out each week from pastoral and organisational work. I would suggest two days a week. In our network, e mail culture this is getting harder as those in positions of leadership will acknowledge. Keep leaders fresh. The arguement that 'because I work all hours and am dog tired and have no quality time for family, hobbies, shopping, keeping other bits of life together and to pray therefore the leader shouldn't have' is daft. She/he is there to lead, to have a prophetic edge, to inspire, to counsel etc etc Keep their tank full and they will be more able to keep yours full as well.
I could twitter on about paid retreats, membership of fitness clubs, proper holidays, mentoring etc etc
Keeping the lights on - let's have your responses and ideas.