To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

Total Quality Management in the Temple of the Lord

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 by Roger Goins


THE BATHROOMS ARE FINISHED AND HERE ARE THE RULES…. Just kidding; you didn’t really believe I would use the front page of the newsletter to talk about bathroom rules. But seriously, the church building, your house, your workplace, every dwelling place needs maintenance. And, like your house, occasionally areas of the church building need complete renovation. There is a constant cycle; we maintain what we have, we plan for improvements, and we make major renovations. We have to do all three! It’s a proverbial three-legged stool—planning, maintenance, and renovation. Manufacturing guru Joseph Juran called it the Quality Trilogy.

We can have the cleanest best maintained house in the neighborhood but if we never update it, it will be hard to live in and impossible to sell in 30 years. And if we never plan to upgrade the HVAC system, then we can’t afford to replace it when it goes out. We can’t renovate our bathrooms then wait until the next renovation to clean them; that would just be dumb! We try very hard to balance this stool with the church building as well.

The bathroom renovations are complete and they have turned out awesome. We are planning for floor covering replacements and new entry/exits for the sanctuary. We also are doing our best to keep everything clean, well-lit, and serviceable. But that’s not really what this article is about—I bet you saw this coming. Each of us is also a dwelling place. Paul told the Corinthian Christians that their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). While Paul was discussing a specific physical sin, his implication extends far beyond the bones, muscles, tendons, and fluids that make up our physical body. I think Paul was talking about our entire being; our body, thoughts, actions, and attitudes. When we ask Jesus into our heart, we aren’t asking for an injection; we’re asking Him to inhabit our lives. When we ask for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we aren’t asking Him to leave them under the Christmas tree for us to unwrap and play with for a few days; we are asking that He be integral to our ministry.

That means that each of us—all of us—is a dwelling place for the Lord; shouldn’t this three-legged stool also apply? What’s that look like? We maintain our “temple” through daily time with the Lord, worship, prayer, and ministry. We plan special seasons of prayer, fasting, and other means of spiritual growth.

And when the Lord decides to renovate an area of our lives, we trust Him. We need all three or the stool tips and we fall. You really want a renovation but don’t have time for daily worship? It’s probably not going to happen. You want to maintain your relationship with the Lord but don’t really want to change your life? Good luck with that one! Like it or not, most of us are like our bathrooms. We look good but there is mold and mildew inside the walls, the plumbing is corroded, and the exhaust fans just blow air into the ceiling.

We need renovation! What’s your personal TQM? If you don’t have one, now is the perfect time to start! Just holler if you need a little help! I’ll see you Sunday! Roger 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

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