I spilled the beans the other day at work. No, I ‘literally’ blew coffee beans all over the place while trying to suck them out of the espresso hopper. What I didn’t realize is that someone had left the vacuum hose attached to the wrong end, blowing beans into the air and all over the floor and counter. It was quite a scene.
Where certain sayings come from is fascinating to me. So, I looked up Don’t Spill The Beans and found this popular source of origin.
A popular folk etymology for “to spill the beans” claims that in ancient Greece, applicants for membership in secret societies were voted upon by having the existing members drop beans into a pottery jar. Those who approved of the potential new member would signal an affirmative vote by adding a white bean to the jar. A black bean indicated a negative vote. The story goes that on occasion, when the jar was accidentally knocked over, the beans poured out and the vote was revealed prematurely. Somebody had “spilled the beans“.
This got me thinking about leadership in our churches. In almost all situations, we know that God works in the Light and the enemy does his thing in darkness. Way too often, churches choose to lead and do business in the dark. This comes in the form of secrete ballots for voting, allowing anonymous notes and emails to affect the staff, holding ‘unofficial’ side discussions outside of official meetings, and ignoring valid concerns of unhealthy trends within the congregation hoping they will eventually go away.
At a very basic level, these things create distrust, worry, and skepticism of the leadership and among the people in the church.
“The more a church can truly be open about everything, the fewer dark places there are for the enemy to succeed in dividing the Church”
Leaders, are there issues that you’ve been keeping from your church people under the excuse of protecting them? Imagine the new credibility you could gain from them if you were to allow them into the leadership struggles you are facing. Imagine what might happen if you allowed them to partner with you and the leadership of your church in prayer…together as a real family.
Don’t underestimate the strength and maturity of your congregation. Their purpose extends far beyond making coffee, paying a tithe, and listening to a sermon.
Open up to your people, spill the beans and watch God do his best work in the light.
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