Creative church administration by Lyle E. Schaller

By Lyle E. Schaller

This writer tackles one of many least taught matters in seminary and but one of many parts most typical to difficulties for state-of-the-art clergy. a truly priceless education and resourcing instrument.

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Another widespread example of self-defeating behavior is the opposition to the formation of meaningful fellowship groups within the congregation. "3 Most serious efforts to build strong, tightly knit supportive groups in which membership is especially meaningful to the members face this "trade-off" question. The trade-off is usually the trading off of turnover and ease of entry for newcomers in favor of continuity, cohesiveness, loyalty, and mutual support. The required annual (or quarterly) turnover of membership usually produces receptivity to newcomers, erratic attendance, limited loyality to the group, and a lack of cohesiveness.

The last in this set of examples of planning by clich is developed more adequately in chapter 10, but it should be mentioned here because it is heard so frequently. " Occasionally this does happen. New members are attracted by what the church is doing in ministry. Rarely, however, do many of the people toward whom the program is directed (such as the parents of children in a day care center or senior citizens) join the congregation housing the program. A far more typical pattern is that the congregation redefines its purpose as acting in a landlord role and the membership continues to decline in numbers.

There are times when motivators should perhaps thank these people! It is demotivating when those called upon to respond sense that the leader's concern is not for their own interests or well-being, but rather for his own advantage. People seem willing enough to allow the leader a legitimate advantage if there is a sharing of the benefits. But eventually, if not soon, there comes a weariness with being used in a utilitarian sense, being manipulated with little or no sharing. The administrator's real or imagined lack of integrity is a motive-quencher in others.

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