Tuesday, October 14, 2008

World's Worst Pastor

No, not my husband. He's awesome. I mean me. If there is one thing I have learned in the last year or two, it is that I would literally be the world's worst pastor.

I was reminded of this reading Kem Meyer's blog today. She started out with this quote:

"If you believe that people hate change and that it is your job to change them, they will hate it. If you believe that people thrive on change and that your job is to unleash it, you will tap into a limitless source of ingenuity, energy and drive that will allow you to take your big ideas into big results."
- Michael T. Kanazawa

I have a very "this is the way things should be, and anyone who doesn't see that is totally clueless" personality. I know that's terrible, and I don't really believe it, but I often have that attitude about a lot of things in the church. If I were a pastor, I would be run out on a rail for imposing changes without getting appropriate buy-in. I would scream, "It's not 1957 anymore!" and people would look at me like I was crazy. I would be branded as anti-social and uncaring because I much prefer being home with hubby or in a small group setting than mingling with crowds at fellowship gatherings or making endless visits. I could go on, but I don't want to make myself look even worse than I already have.

Luckily for the church, Matt is very conscientious about getting buy-in, helping key people feel ownership over desicions. He makes a concerted effort to meet people "where they are," rather than expecting them to automatically see things his way. He's awesome. And I know when to keep my mouth shut.

(On another "yay for hubby" note, it's our anniversary today, but I'm going to write that post this evening, because the wedding pix are on my home computer, and because I need to get back to work now.)

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