Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

Many organizations are aware of the infamous “90/10 Rule.” The rule states that “Ninety percent of the work will be done by ten percent of the people in every organization.” This goes for many businesses, non profit organizations, and churches. And perhaps it’s not always true…but it seems true a lot of the time.

And I confess that, while I’ve been part of the 10% in many groups, I’ve also found my way to the 90% in several as well…where I’ve been very happy to let others carry the workload. And I know that, as a pastor in a couple of churches, this “rule” can be frustrating to no end as the same group of people show up to help, volunteer, and serve at just about every single event or cause.

Yet churches are supposed to be different, aren’t we?

Here’s what “Scruffy Vicar” says:

There is a “rule” for many voluntary organisations, called the 90/10 rule, which is that in most voluntary groups, in most movements 90% of the work is done by 10% of the people.

This shouldn’t be true for the Church, as the Church talks of us being an interdependent body, each bit working together, in harmony, to achieve that which Christ has called it to do.

This is a call for EVERY member ministry, we are all part of the body and bride of Christ, this includes our kids and our elderly too.

Yet the challenging isn’t simply to ‘give everyone a job’, but actually for us all to be working towards the same goal together, a goal that is bigger than putting on services and running events, but is actually about heralding in the King of Glory into every corner of his world.

Can we get move to a place where even 50% of the people are doing the work? What about 75%? I know that we are a long way from that at this point but it’s going to require our people to see their work as important to the Kingdom of God in the here and now. We’re going to need to see ourselves as incarnating Christ to this world of ours so that we can see that we are to make a difference in our little corner of the world.

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