Currently I am reading a book called “Ten Stupid Things that Keep Churches from Growing” by Geoff Surratt. Here are some personal thoughts on the 10th chapter.
Geoff Surratt saved the hottest topic for last. People get upset when this is mentioned, but it is so true.
If you allow a committee to steer the church in the direction it will go, that is a “stupid” mistake.
I have seen, flower committees stop progress, mission committees stop progress, finance teams prevent outreach efforts, and so on and so forth… I have seen committees come together to out vote the leadership of the pastor.
Any time these things happen, it is never good.
A church that is growing and reaching people is not a church that is being driven by committees or by teams.
We do not have committees or traditional teams at FBC (yes I said traditional teams… my mom said it best, a team is just another way to say committee). Instead we have Elders, Deacons and Church Members. There are people over certain areas of the church, like a children’s coordinator, a person over the up keep of the building, over the “grounds”, fellowships etc… but we do not have committees/teams.
So how do we operate?
When there is a task God has given us to do, we form a task force made up of teams to get the job done. Anyone can join a task force. When the task is completed, the task force teams are no more. This works well for us.
And as long as it works… we are going to do things this way.
But, just to be clear…. The issue is not if you have committees, teams or a “task force”. The issue is who is guiding the ship?
The thing to remember…. God calls people to do guide the ship, they are called Elders/ Pastors. They must lead the church with wisdom, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, not lording over people but shepherding them along, in the way Jesus wants His church to go.
Of course there is more to this… but this is just a blog post.