Dear members of the Trinity family,
One of the important conversations we had at our Annual Meeting a few weeks ago was about our governance model and our decision-making processes. As I heard that conversation, and from what I have heard in follow up one-on-one conversations, there is a curiosity about how “open” or how “rigid” our governance model is.
This article does the best job I’ve seen at explaining approaches to this question. Using the labels the author sets out, here is my take: For most of the past thirty years, Trinity has lived in the “soft” zone. Then, during the last decade with the focus on revitalizing the ministry of the congregation through Hurlburt, there was a sense for some that Trinity had tripped over into the “too hard” zone. Our current governance model is aiming for the “sweet spot” of “just right,” avoiding the pitfalls of either a “too soft” or a “too hard” approach.
Here’s the thing: with such a long experience of life in the “soft” zone, that approach to ministry is seen as the normal, or default, approach to ministry. It’s also the only approach that many people at Trinity know! And, as this is a continuum, positions are relative: so, from the perspective of the “soft” end of the spectrum, any movement in the direction of increased “firmness” or “structure” can be perceived as a potential move in the direction of a “too hard” stance.
Please have a read. I’d love for us to have a conversation about this – here on Facebook, and/or in person.