I wasn’t around when “I Love Lucy” originally aired but I’m still familiar with this scene:
I wonder if this feels familiar to many ministers and church volunteers?
My wife and I are finishing our second month as co-pastors at our new church, and we are realizing that the people of our church are an ambitious group! They’ve planned and organized to do many different programs, worship services, classes, and other events. There are so many good ideas and traditions here.
In fact, there are too many good ideas and traditions here.
At least too many for the amount of people that we have ready and willing to make them happen. Our current organizational structure takes about ninety people to run. That also happens to be the number of people we have in church on a typical Sunday. In a church of our size we aren’t going to get ninety people to commit to be elders, deacons or committee members.
So if we don’t make adjustments, then we are going to be like Lucy and her friend and we aren’t going to be able to do the job we’ve been asked to do. We might be able to keep up appearances for a while, but in the end nobody is going to want the box of chocolates that went through our line.
So how do we improve? How do we make a better box of chocolates?
We slow down. We do less, but we do it better. We decide what are the most important things that we do, and we commit to doing them with a high level of quality. Even if that means we have to stop doing some of the things we do now.
We won’t be able to pack as many boxes of chocolate, but the ones we do pack, will be ones that we will be proud to offer to anyone and everyone.