Committee Amnesty Sunday!

A few years back my gym announced a “towel amnesty week.” The idea, of course, was to recover all those towels that we’d borrowed and found their way into our respective home laundry streams. Freed from the embarrassment of being forever labeled linen thieves, we were more likely to give up the goods.

I love the idea. So tomorrow at St. Andrew’s we’re having “Committee Amnesty Sunday” (anuary 15). If you find yourself in a ministry or on a committee that no longer feeds you, I hope you’ll feel free to step back.

Not that we WANT you to step back. There are plenty of things that still need to happen, and if you’re enjoying something or feel that your contribution in a particular way is still important (which I pretty much guarantee it is), then by all means keep at it. But we also are picking up on signs of burnout in some places, and we don’t want folks to feel stuck in something that isn’t right for them anymore.

This is part of a larger move to clarify what parts of our life together spur passion and excitement, where people can step into greater leadership, and what areas might need to change in scope or focus. So whether you’re declaring amnesty or not, please take a few moments to also complete the St. Andrew’s Ministry Survey.

We’re not making a big deal about this tomorrow. There won’t be altar calls devoted to it. No hymns will be sung and no sermons preached about Committee Amnesty Sunday. But hopefully we can see it not only as a chance to celebrate work that has been done, but to begin to lay the foundation for where we want to be in the months and years to come.

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About bernardowens

I am an Episcopal priest who serves St. Andrew's Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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