I heard once that rules for whitewater rafting can be applied to working in churches. I found it to be quite an interesting comparison. Below are the rules I was given and am sending to you. I hope they are helpful. Maybe at least one of those rules might be beneficial for those of you leading churches or organizations especially as we have to adjust once again our plans due to Covid spread.
I hope you are all taking care of yourselves and staying safe!
- Remember that white water is what you came for, so enjoy it.
- Decide before you start whether you’re going to steer from the front or from the back.
- Somebody needs to call out the orders clearly. It just works better that way.
- Rest when you get to a calm place because there’s going to be more white water ahead.
- Never stop paddling even when it seems hopeless.
- If you get into trouble, don’t panic.
- Don’t be surprised if the boat doesn’t go where you want it to go.
- On a raft, the more activity there is on the right, the more you go to the left. The more activity there is on the left, the more you go to the right.
- If you go under, let go of everything, eventually it will all come back up.
- Everyone paddles furiously to get somewhere but really the current is what takes you downstream.
- Trust the raft and try to stay in it.
- Remember that the people in the raft are the ones that pull you out if you fall in and they are also the ones you have to eat supper with.
You are the light of the world.
NMCC Conference Director