Having recently returned from a Caribbean cruise I began to play with the similarities between observations of life aboard a cruise ship and leadership of a congregation.
If you have had a similar experience please feel free to add your own observations. Here are mine in no particular order.
- Most people are old. (Note to self: avoid mirrors).
- On second glance young people and children are aboard, they are just not as visible or (often) as pushy.
- A few people are cranky – and that affects the mood of all those around them.
- Some people need to know the big picture of the ship – the location of all the different eating places, lounges, shops, observatories, current maps and ship data, etc – and they carry a map with them.
- Most rely upon those who carry the map, i.e. “are you sure this is the right way?”
- People like to be fed.
- People don’t need to be fed as much as they think they do.
- Some react to movement much more than others.
- The most effective work is done by teams.
- The sun does not shine on both sides of the ship at the same time.