I’m learning that some things need structure.
While running an arts group in our church, I had committed to simply gathering people together to allow them room to grow. But it didn’t, or isn’t. People show up, so there’s some interest, but they don’t engage. While thinking and praying about this God gave me a picture of a plant with a wood frame support for it to grow around. The idea for this is not new – without this support frame the plant cannot grow to its full potential, nor can it be steered to where it should grow.
But the frame itself is organic – and in many cases will be overcome and absorbed by the plant once it reaches a point of strength. So now I’m thinking about how to build an organic support-structure for this particular group. I don’t think this means that every group should do this, but I think that God was specifically talking to me about the one I’m leading.