PugChurch leaders that I work with are often frustrated with the slow, almost glacial speed of change in congregational life.  What might take a month or two in the workplace takes a year in the church.

Our American corporate culture creates high expectations around “working harder and smarter” and expecting quick turnarounds on “deliverables” whether it be a widget, a report or even a response to an email.  I hope that our congregational cultures operate out of a different ethic and deeper values.

I find it helpful to remember that–at most–our lay leaders can only devote one day out of a seven-day week of their time and energy on their volunteer duties. Another way of thinking of this is measuring the progress of projects in church using the same conversion factor when we measure the lifespan of dogs, i.e. one dog year equals seven human years.

So the next time you feel frustrated at the slow pace of church, remember Fido and change your expectations by a factor of 7.

About the Author
Rev. Renee Ruchotzke
Leadership Development Consultant, Central East Regional Group (CERG) of the UUA. I have a vision of Unitarian Universalist congregations being led by thousands of diverse, spiritually mature and passionate people ready and willing to spread the good news of liberal religion.  I believe ministry is best when shared between lay and professional leaders. More information about me can be found on the UUA website.