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Adjusting the Sunday Teams Routine

I have good news: In January and February, the event schedule at Weider’s Hall will bring between 300 and 500 visitors through our doors. The Snow Ball, InterVarsity, PUSH, Blackfriars Theatre, MoDancing, Nia Fitness, and others are bringing dozens and dozens of people, with more on the horizon. This is remarkable, considering we’ve done almost nothing to invite these kinds of requests. And it’s gratifying because being able to do this was one of the reasons we chose this building.

But it also created a sudden, large administrative burden for Peggy. To make room for it, I’ve asked her to cut back her support of our Sunday morning teams, specifically Ballroom Set-Up, Band, Hospitality, Multimedia, Prayer, and Sound. The short version is, she’s not helping with schedules anymore, and we’re retiring the service planner.

For some teams, this won’t be a big deal; for others, it will. To be honest, I don’t know yet how big a deal it will be.

What I do know is that we Sunday-morning server types let Peggy do a lot of communicating and coordinating on our behalf. Without her in the mix, we’ll have to start talking to each other directly.

We’ll probably to have to invent new ways to collaborate. We’ll definitely have to keep reminding ourselves to work as partners, rather than “acquaintances functioning in proximity.”

And here’s the thing: this is exactly how we operated when our church was growing. Before we had the luxury of staff who could help with team management. That old system wasn’t perfect, but it made us cooperate, which forged and fueled a lot of friendships that still endure. There are few things that build community better than truly partnering on meaningful work, week after week. And so aside from helping Peggy, this change will probably be really good for all of us.

I’ve asked team leads to work with their teams to figure out what adjustments, if any, are best for each. But ultimately, each of us is responsible for our own contributions: show up when you say you will; don’t make commitments you can’t keep; if you make a mess, clean it up; respect your teammates; and most of all, participate in a way that contributes to the larger work that all of Mosaic’s teams are trying to accomplish together.

I know that’s kind of patronizing–I’m sorry. But those are basic tenets of teamwork. They’re also basic tenets of friendship. And family. If we get them right most of the time, we can accomplish outstandingly excellent stuff. God will be glorified, people will be inspired, hearts and minds and bodies will be healed, and people will be sent.

There will be hiccups, especially at first. So let’s be ready with flexibility and understanding and grace. We are in this together. If your team needs to change up its routines or ask other teams to adjust our expectations of you, those options should be on the table. Creativity, communication and flexibility are the keys to making this work—I want those things to be part of our culture.

Thank you for your service to Mosaic. All of you have been contributing for a long time. All of you have put in a lot of hours to make our church go. All of you are doing good work that contributes to God’s glory and to building people up and sending them out. We’re about to learn how to do all that better. And maybe we’ll end up liking each other more. Let’s do our best, and find out.

Peace,
Dave

Murmuration

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