Okay, let me clarify a little from Tuesday’s post, especially for my friend at Red Phog (follow him on Twitter here).
With any process, there is one major variable to keep in mind: context matters.
Context is everything, especially in leadership. As we lead people, we understand that no two people are the same, and that everyone responds in a unique way.
I have served at five different churches over my time in ministry. No body of believers is the same. My roles at each church have varied based on the needs of the church.
What worked at one place may not work at another because you’re dealing with a new set of people, a new cultural context, and a new set of experiences.
For example, at my current church we take a short service trip over Spring Break and it is very well attended. At my last church, the majority of families traveled over spring break, so the same trip would not have worked as well.
Context matters. Be careful to blindly institute a process without first understanding the context in which you’re serving.
But sometimes, with experience and evaluation of the situation, it’s okay to trust the process.
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