At our last Leadership Board meeting we spent time reviewing and reflecting on the responsibilities of the Board. These responsibilities include approving budgets, land acquisitions and facility construction, setting policies and providing an annual review of the State of the Church.
In addition to their written responsibilities, board members are also called to offer support, confidence and hope. This call extends to all of us as Christians and is the very definition of encouragement.
We go about these tasks with the Purpose and Vision of MUMC in mind: "To equip disciples to live God's mission to renew the face of the earth (Psalm 104:30) so that MUMC can be a reaching, nurturing, sending community of committed followers of Jesus".
God is a great encourager. He provides encouragement through scripture and prayer, through other people and even in nature. While Canadian geese can be annoying to us this time of year as they impede our driving while leading their young across the street and leave their "mark" on our sidewalks and decks, they also offer some helpful lessons. Here are some of those lessons.
Lessons from Geese
Fact: As each goose flaps its wings it creates an UPLIFT for the birds that follow. By flying in "V" formation the flock adds 71% extra to their flying range.
Lesson: When we have a sense of community and focus, we create trust and can help each other to achieve our goals.
Fact: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds in front.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
Fact: When the lead goose tires of flying up front, it drops back into formation and another goose flies to the point position.
Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. We should respect and protect each other's unique arrangement of skills, capabilities, talents and resources.
Empathy and Understanding
Fact:When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it.
Lesson:If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.
Fact: Geese flying in formation "HONK" to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We need to make sure our "HONKING" is encouraging. In groups and teams where there is encouragement, production is much greater. Individual empowerment results from quality honking.
"Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing."
- 1 Thessalonians. 5:11