Seth Godin, the business entrepreneur, sends out a daily e-mail. His advice is very practical and often is applicable to the church. He included in one recently the following quote from Cory Doctorow-
"I love a good bucket brigade, but they’re surprisingly hard to find. A good bucket brigade is where you accept your load, rotate 180 degrees and walk until you reach the next person, load that person, do another volte-face, and walk until someone loads you. A good bucket brigade isn’t just passing things from person to person. It’s a dynamic system in which autonomous units bunch and debunch as is optimal given the load and the speed and energy levels of each participant. A good bucket brigade is a thing of beauty, something whose smooth coordination arises from a bunch of disjointed parts who don’t need to know anything about the system’s whole state in order to help optimize it.
"In a good bucket brigade, the mere act of walking at the speed you feel comfortable with and carrying no more than you can safely lift and working at your own pace produces a perfectly balanced system in which the people faster than you can work faster, and the people slower than you can work slower. It is the opposite of an assembly line, where one person’s slowness is the whole line’s problem. A good bucket brigade allows everyone to contribute at their own pace, and the more contributors you get, the better it works."
That’s how it is at church. When we all work together, we are able to do so much more.
I saw this at Annual Conference when our youth helped at Stop Hunger Now. Each one had a job to do, and you did it at your pace, helping the next person along the way. As a result, they were able to package in 9 hours over 285,000 meals to help children in Uganda. If each of us tried to pack the whole meals ourselves, we could not have done one-tenth of the number. But working together, we were able to do more. God uses us when we work together as a team in incredible ways!
Highland Park’s ministry is a team ministry. Everyone is a part of it. Together we can do so much more than we can alone. If you have not yet found your place on the team, give me a call (843/662-1233), or e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org). God can use you to make this team stronger!
Grace and peace,