Our CM team is uncontrolled
“How can I establish a unified set of procedures that govern the CM, without discouraging creativity or the personal passions of the team?”
If your team is “used to” doing things on their own, or without structure, they have more-than-likely developed habits, or “comfortable” ways of doing things. Changing those “habits,” and requiring them to do things differently may cause “push-back” from them.
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many…But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body…If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” I Corinthians 12: 12-26
Walking the “fine line” between too few, and too many rules and procedures is something you need to seek God about! If you are too “loose” in your procedures, you may experience a non-unified team. If you are too “strict” in your procedures, you may drive people away from serving in the CM. When establishing a unified set of procedures for the first time, make sure you “sell” the idea to your CM team by connecting the idea to the overall church focus on unity. You can also say that you are wanting to give the parents more security when they ask about procedures and the CM vision. Consistency is always the best when you consider “What’s best for the children?” For those CM team members who choose to not support your plans, do all you can to encourage them; but, if they don’t respond to your positive invitations, kindly excuse them from serving on the CM team.
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