A couple of weeks ago we had our first Ethos for the year at Mosaic.
So what is Ethos?
In short we get together to explore some of the fundamental qualities, character or values of Mosaic. As part of our Ethos Gatherings, we share and workshop ideas or concepts which will make us better as a church. At our last Ethos, we looked at two key elements – how do we be ideal team players as part of Mosaic (knowing that we more often then not work with others in teams) and communication (how can we make communication better at Mosaic?).
Ideal Team Player
Three characteristics are really helpful to bring to a team environment and breathe life into the team. These are to be humble, hungry and smart. To be humble is to put aside our own ego and define success by what we accomplish together. To be hungry is to be someone who is self motivated. It is to be a person who wants to learn more and do more. In a church context this is someone who is passionate or zealous to serve God with whatever it takes. To be smart is simply common sense about people. It is someone who is aware of others and the impact that their choices and words have on others. None of us are perfect and no doubt we all need to work on at least one of these, but when we bring together the attributes of being humble, hungry and smart we are someone who makes a team better. If you want to explore this more I would thoroughly recommend Patrick Lencioni’s “The Ideal Team Player”
Those at Ethos brainstormed a couple of key questions together around communication strategies and information. At the heart of the feedback was a desire for us to communicate as a community. People wanted things like prayer points, to know who key leaders are, and where there are needs to help with. They wanted to hear about the ministries which make up Mosaic, one another’s faith stories, and about the various Organic activities.
To get this information out we recognised that it could not all be done in a Sunday service, but we need to continue to use multiple communication channels from email to regular mail, Facebook and face to face, as well as announcements and possibly an app. We will do our best to get helpful information out in multiple channels, but ultimately it is up to each one of us to listen and read information which is distributed if we really want to be up to date on what God is doing in and through Mosaic.