So why am I sending out surveys to our leaders? You may be wondering if you missed a meeting where it was decided to do a bunch of surveys? Well, perhaps I should have explained more on the front end why the surveys – if you felt imposed upon please forgive me. Here are my thoughts/presumptions as to why the surveys:
• God’s vision for a local body is at least confirmed – if not discovered – within that body of believers – hopefully including the leaders.
• We need to stop operating on vague presumptions. Our relational cohesiveness is fragmented and we infrequently disclose what we really think and feel to each other.
• The results of the surveys will hopefully provide a motivation to talk about the “elephant under the rug” – or at least our sense of where we should be headed and our willingness to sacrifice to get there.
Please also don’t think I am claiming to have the corner on this form of dialogue. I certainly can’t think of all the questions or even categories of questions that should be put on the table. So please jump in – send out your own survey – invite us to your blog – or just simply send a group email – you don’t need to get permission.
My real life experiences of being stuck in the mud have always required more than one person to get out of the jeep, get muddy and push. I don’t think our current situation as leaders is much different.