Institute: The Clique Where Everyone is In (1 of 5)

I spent last week at a youth camp, Institute 2010: God’s All Stars, which is a ministry of the Conference Council on Youth Ministry of the Kansas East Annual Conference. This post is part of a series reflecting on the week and making applications for the local church.

On the first day, I realized that Institute is a clique. There are insider language, traditions, games, jokes and expectations. My first response was negative, do high school students really need another clique? As the week continued I realized a significant difference in the clique that is Institute and others which exist in the world:

Institute is a clique where everyone is in.

If you are present at the camp, you are in. You can be part of the exclusive group, learn the traditions, language, games, jokes and expectations. Everyone is accepted into the clique.

What about your local church? Is there there insiders and outsiders? How do the common words and practices of your local church seem to those who are new? Is everyone in?

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12 Things Good [Pastors] Believe

I believe that there is value in taking the best practices from business and considering application within the church. I recently found a great example at The Conversation Blog from the Harvard Business Review – 12 Things Good Bosses Believe. I believe they can translated to apply to pastors or other church leaders. Here are a few directly from the post:

  • My success — and that of my people — depends largely on being the master of obvious and mundane things, not on magical, obscure, or breakthrough ideas or methods.
  • One of the most important, and most difficult, parts of my job is to strike the delicate balance between being too assertive and not assertive enough.
  • How I do things is as important as what I do.

I invite you to check out the full post (12 Things Good Bosses Believe) for the rest of the list.

Speedlinking – October 1, 2008