Our congregation’s leadership team is using this inspiring little (really little – short enough that everyone has time to read it) book as a group study guide. Serving with Grace: Lay Leadership as a Spiritual Practice by Erik Walker Wikstrom is written for the general lay leadership of Unitarian Universalist congregations, and he uses the term lay leadership very broadly. This is a book for the Board, but also the program council, the committees, the RE teachers, the Ushers and Greeters, the Hospitality Hosts, and anyone else engaged in teh work of the congregation. And then he suggests that the point is not the work, the budget, or attendance numbers, but is instead the possibility for personal and communal spiritual growth and wholeness.
We’ve had our first group discussion about the book, and it generated some good ideas about how this flip would benefit us, and where we would also feel some resistance to this. I’m interested to see where we go with it.