I was in a leadership workshop where we were learning how to run a church board more effectively when the instructor had on one of his slides that we should consider including a 20 minute Bible study AND incorporate “Christian Language” in our meeting format.
He further went on to say that the meeting format should be inclusive of 3-parts. One part dealt with Call to Community, the other Call to Holy Conversation and the other Call to Serve.
Okay, I could see a need already for a legend and that’s a problem.
Although I understood his intent and as Bible teacher myself, I know all to well the value and impact of the Word, but I could not help but speculate whether this was the right setting for such an elaborate format.
A relevant scripture directly relating to the business of the church and opening prayer, in my mind seemed to be sufficient.
Regarding the Christian language, I just wanted to pack up and run out screaming. I feel like some times with all the Christian lingo – we end up getting “Lost in the Sauce.”
There is a saying that comes to mind –
So spiritually minded that we are no earthly good
Let me give two examples:
You have a job description for your custodian, it includes a statement to remind him that he is an ambassador of the Lord and that it is a honor to clean up God’s house and you further say, that like praying, giving offerings, preaching the word; cleaning and up-keeping God’s house is yet another form of worship.
Of course, there are three more paragraph highlighting how spiritual the job is and that it is important for the person to support the ministries of the church.
Then finally, you get to the specifics of the job, which by the way, may only be a three lined paragraph that can be summed up this way, “It’s a part-time job where you will be performing general cleaning and light maintenance tasks throughout the church.”
While we emphasize the spiritual, look what we have missed:
- Is it his/her job to also clean annex building(s)?
- Does the cleaning include having to clean windows?
- Exactly what is part-time 10-20-32 hours a week?
- Who do they report to?
- Where’s the vacuum and where’s the trash bags?
True story. We had an event at our church where someone cut their head on a shelf in the bathroom. All we needed was some Neosporin and a band-aid. It took 15 minutes and having to break through three levels of security just to find a band aid.
I’m just saying, we have to balance that which is spiritual with that which is practical and not ignore the specifics of a job or a system lest our church custodians define their own expectations as to what cleanliness is while someone bleeds to death in the church lobby while we try to find a band-aid.
By the way the class was great. I’m glad I stayed in there for I would have missed out on a lot of good stuff. And as God is so perfect in all of His ways, I didn’t have to say a thing because a retired colonel from NSA spoke everything that was in my head. Hallelujah!
Plus he added, “Sir, using your recommended model, when do we finally handle the business matters of the church?”
Do you have Bible study before your church board meetings? If so, how long? And just how much “Christian Language” is spoken at your meetings?