At the first meeting (Worship Committee), which I chair, I spent almost the entire hour discussing a problem that has been ongoing for almost four years. It's a discussion we've had every month for the last two years. Frankly, the discussions are never fruitful. Tonight was no different. Nothing was really solved.
And then I went to the second meeting, and when the pastor asked me to speak about the problem, I did. Honestly. Bluntly. Not very tactfully. I think I made some people very uncomfortable, and I didn't really care. I was tired of circling the issue, so I met it head-on. And everyone pretty much just sat and listened. My favorite part of my little presentation was when I said, "I don't really care if people out in the pews like the music or the video. I could care less. It's not about them. It's not about me or the pastor or the choir director or the organist. It's not about anyone at this table. Sorry, folks." I looked around at every face. "If you're coming to church to be entertained, do yourself a favor: go buy a ticket to a movie instead. It's about God. G-O-D."
Yup, I might have pissed a few people off, although, after the meeting was over, a couple attendees said, "Nice job." I think they were being polite.
Saint Marty might be looking for a new committee to chair pretty soon.
I sort of sounded like this...