It really is great when people take ownership of your church, they take initiative and responsibility. They take notice and treat things better. After all isn’t that why we say, “treat it like your own” if you are using or borrowing something?
Gary Zandstra · January 3, 2017
Who owns the church building? Maybe the better question is who paid for the church building? A pastor that I used to work for always loved to hear people refer to the church as “my church”. So rather than say “at Community church this is going on”, He liked to hear people say’ “at my church this is going on” For him it was affirming that people had taken ownership, it showed that a person closely identified with the church.
It really is great when people take ownership, they treat things better. After all isn’t that why we say, “treat it like your own” if you are using or borrowing something?
Ownership is great, but how can you foster it?
1.) Reminder Notes
In a classy way give people a call to action.
For example, you could put a nice looking table top in the bathroom that says, “As we all are the church, please help in keeping it clean. After you have wiped your hands please use that same paper towel to wipe down the counter.”
You could put similar cards in the kitchen and coffee areas. The key is to keep it a positive call to action. Avoid the shaming, nagging signs like “your mother doesn’t work here, clean up after yourself”.
When I was in college I had a cool opportunity to be in a group that met with a billionaire in our town.
We were walking downtown taking a tour of some of his properties. As we were walking, without missing a second of conversation, the billionaire bent down a picked up an empty cup sitting on the side walk. He then carried that cup to the next stop at one of his properties and threw it in the trash.
The rest of that day - all of us college students were picking up anything that was on the ground that even resembled trash.
He, the Billionaire - on many levels - set an example.
a) He was humble, not above the task of picking up garbage.
b) He showed he cared about what the city looked like.
c) He took ownership of keeping HIS city clean by picking up the cup and carrying it until he found a proper means of disposal..