There used to be a time when, for Christian families, nothing happened on Sunday morning except for religious services. It was the traditional time to attend church and to ensure that people could observe the day of worship, “blue laws” were even enacted to restrict other activities and commerce.

While 28 states still have some form of blue laws on the books (most often limiting alcohol sales), Christian religious experiences are no longer confined to Sunday mornings. Churches offer some sort of gathering on almost every night of the week, and now provide multiple options to participate in the weekly service. It’s like the news broadcasts: instead of everyone watching network news on one of three channels at 6pm or 10pm as they once did, now the offerings are 24/7 through hundreds of outlets.

Intentionally or not, we made a tradeoff between convenience and a common experience. It is great that people have options and can arrange church attendance around practices, sports, work, etc. and it is unfortunate that we’re able to have less of a shared community by doing so.

Think of what this means for your organization. Is there an offering that was considered sacrosanct that perhaps you could rethink? Maybe your work hours don’t have to be 9-5. Or your awards program only annually. Or football only under the Friday night lights.

And, if you provide more options and minimize one central time for all to gather, what can you do to intentionally foster that connection to the whole instead of affinity just to the subgroup? Splinter your options, not your loyalty.



About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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