I don’t know…
- How the central heating at church works. That’s deliberate.
- Who are our biggest givers. That’s deliberate.
- Where we store the old files and records. That’s deliberate.
- When the finance committee meets. That’s deliberate.
- How the sound system works. That’s deliberate.
- What we’re singing on Sunday morning (controversial!) That’s deliberate.
- Where we buy our photocopy paper. That’s deliberate.
- Who designs our publicity. That’s deliberate.
- How to send an email to the whole church using our database. That’s deliberate.
- What’s in my colleague’s sermon for Sunday evening. That’s deliberate.
Of course there’s a ton of stuff I should know but don’t, and another ton of stuff which I get involved in which I don’t really need to stick my beak.
But that’ll do for now.
What don’t you know?
AFTERWORD: From some friendly comments, some folk are reading this as a ‘large church’ perspective, and perhaps a bit showy – I didn’t mean it that way, and I didn’t intend to come across as bragging. I apologise if that’s how it comes across.
This list started when I was the pastor of a small-to-normal church, with a bit of secretarial help on a couple of mornings a week. In a conversation with a nearby pastor friend, he kept regretting he had ever allowed anyone to show him how the heating worked, because now everyone assumed that if it was ever needed, he would do it. That’s when a light bulb went on for me, about the choices I needed (and need) to make.
In many many churches there is no-one else available to do the stuff I’ve listed, and I’m sorry if I didn’t reflect that properly in the blog. But I am still haunted by the conversation about what we choose to let people move onto our ‘do-list’, and I was trying, clumsily, to get us to be a bit more self aware.