Do I have to choose? Both/and v either/or (part 5)

One of the reasons why we find ourselves making unnecessary choices is that we make them at the wrong level.

Let me give you an example. You have a building that holds 80 people and it is getting full. You are stretched as a pastor and you talk to the leaders about this. They say “We have to choose between adding another worker to the team or a building extension.”

You say “Isn’t this a both and” situation? They look at you like you are from another planet. You see, you can’t have the extra pastor and the building extension but you can solve both priorities because they are part of the same strategic issue. Indeed, I would insist that you need to solve both. Don’t start trying to solve the building capacity problem without having a plan in place to increase the number of workers.

You are experiencing a capacity issue and it is affecting both the physical building and the personnel involved. It looks like you can only sort out one of the issues but that is because you have gone too quickly to process and stopped thinking about outcome.

5 years ago, we were faced with the challenge – how do we grow our team so that we have workers to help in some priority areas? We also had a building capacity problem. Well, we managed to double our capacity without spending a penny. We did it by moving from 1 service to two congregations.

Oh and we started looking for additional workers. We had OM teams come to work with us, we had one young man commit to training with us and working with us, another man who was a recent retiree committed to full time volunteer work with us for a number of years. 

We did both! We didn’t build an extension and hire another pastor, but we did increase our building capacity and bring in additional workers.