Bringing someone new onboard your church requires time and energy. Introductions and explanations are a particular kind of work required to ensure that the new person has the information and relationships they need to get started well.
Those introductions and explanations aren’t just one-directional though. In the same way that the new team member needs to understand how things work at the church and who to approach for different things, the church needs to understand the new team member and how they work.
If all we’re doing is fitting new parts into a system, transformation will elude us. We need to allow the new parts to exert some influence on the system they’re joining. It’s not a puzzle. We’re not simply looking to fit a piece into a precisely designed space. It’s more like a dish that needs a new ingredient to flavor the whole thing.
That includes you.