(Dedicated to Bill Kinnon, but don't blame him for this.)
It's nothing personal. Enclosed are the minutes from the last meeting:
1. Julie moved that "missions committee" makes no sense at all.
2. Jason seconded the motion. "Ayes" were unaninmous. Donuts were served, including the long ones with the sprinkles on just one end.
We, TPFKATMC, have thoroughly enjoyed writing checks worth 9-12% of the annual budget to "missions" organizations. That is, until we realized the church itself is supposed to BE a mission -- the church IS the mission -- and that spending 88% of our budget to provide for organizational "non-missions" (?) costs, goods, and services, was...kinda awkward.
So we quit.
The mission is the church. It's not a subset, not an adjunct, not a by-product, nor a side issue. But having a "committee" -- like the Garden Club has a luncheon committee -- charged with spending a bit set aside, sure makes it look like a subset, an adjunct, a by-product, and a side issue.
It almost seems to us -- almost! -- that the "Missions Committee" is trotted out, on occasion, to assuage the pesky sense that we're not, actually, a church that is the mission. In fact, if the church is organization first, with a missions adjunct, well, it's not a church at all.
We, TPFKATMC, honestly ask: If the church isn't the mission, what is the church? And if it IS the mission, why would we have a "missions" committee? We rather think we're hogging all the fun, and everyone in the church can start giving to the poor, and serving as active missionaries in their neighborhoods.
If you would like us, TPFKATMC, to go back in our flourescent Sunday School room and get back to work, we ask that you go the whole way, give us 100% of the church's funds, and re-name us something like, oh, "Board of Elders".
But not all of us feel qualified. It would have been fun! Compassion Interational would have been thrilled, and there would have been some doozy neighborhood parties around town.
Oh, there'd have been some employment ramifications, too. Our newfound priority might also mean some folks working for the church would be soon unleashing their missionary talents in the workplace. And we'd also prompt some other other job changes -- like some single moms among us might be gleefully quitting theirs.
But that's not our call. We, TPFKATMC, are just making like Alka-Seltzer and dissolving.
What a relief it is.