Who we work with regionally is not just about geography, rather "it is all about relationship"
Who oversees a Church is not determined by a random decision from above, rather "it is all about relationship"
The make up of Church, small groups, team ministry, eldership teams, is "all about relationship".
Last weekend I was talking to my friend Dom and he used the exact expression, "It is all about relationship", and it got me thinking: is it? I mean really, is it? Is it always a good thing?
There are lots of positives. Here are a quick five.
5 positive outcomes of being "all about relationship"
- People are beings, not roles or structures, but beings.
- Working together is not based on systems or hierarchy but on mutual respect and love.
- Permission is not demanded by "the system" but given by the friend.
- Decisions from "above" are rarely out of touch because people remain close to the action. If you are genuinely friends with those on the frontline, the ivory tower does not insulate you from reality.
- Loyalty is earned not demanded. Respect is shared not faked. Unity is developed not imposed.
In turn Martin Charlesworth says "we" amongst us, as he represents another group of friends, the UK regional leaders. One stage past a group of friends (National team, I know 4 of them personally) is our regional team. We meet fortnightly for worship and prayer, with twenty or so friends representing 7 churches. Then our eldership team meets weekly, the three of us. So from the "top" of the system to me, on the frontline, there are three groups of friends, and I am part of two of them.
Maybe it really is "all about relationship"?