Thursday, October 12, 2006

Buildings and Grounds (and bears, oh my)

Part of my job description is to be the pastor attached to the Property and Finance Committee. I'm okay with the finance part. Over the years I've come to have an appreciation for the subtleties of church finance. It's still not my favorite, but I can roll up my sleeves and get to work on the thing. Financial reports don't make my eyes roll back in their sockets like they used to when I was a newly minted pastor, so to speak.

But buildings and grounds? Just. Shoot. Me. Now. Last night we had a half hour discussion about plantings. My feeling on gardening is that if you can't eat it, what's the freaking point. But I sat still in my chair for thirty minutes while we discussed:

What shall we plant in place of the azaleas which aren't doing well and look awful. Native species that don't need as much water. Good idea. Nothing works here that needs water. Why? Because the sprinklers don't work properly. Why don't they work? Because the Jr. High group tramples on them in their games. Should we ask them to stay away from that area? No. It has nothing to do with the Jr. Highs. The new custodian doesn't have the timers set properly. No, he has them set properly. The timers don't work right. No. The timers work fine. The sprinklers are rusted shut. No. The sprinklers aren't rusted, but they are the wrong type of sprinklers. They are too difuse. They spray over the azaelas. Can we adjust them? We won't have to if we plant stuff that doesn't need so much water. How about yarrow? Or Manzanita? Are those toxic? We have little kids running around . . .

Well, you get the picture. At one point I thought about poking my eye out with my pencil to provide an amusing diversion. I guess we all have one area of complete disconnect and disinterest when it comes to the daily stuff that keeps the church going. This is definetly mine. What's yours??

12 comments:

Songbird said...

Anything to do with the plumbing.

Rev Dave said...

Buildings and grounds _and finance. Both areas that really weren't covered in either my previous life or at the school for famous pastors I attended.

Quotidian Grace said...

Oh, Buildings and Grounds has to take the prize. I remember an insufferably long dull discussion at a session meeting about whether or not to install shutters on windows in the sanctuary. I almost shouted: Just tack up a sheet and shut up already!!!

Preacher Mom said...

Buildings and Grounds - definitely. My previous committee chair used to drop by my office to give me a play by play of every. little. maintenance. detail. In minute detail, I might add. Just shoot me and get it over with!!!

Callas4Ever said...

I laughed out loud at your description of the meeting. I did council for 3 years at my last church and wanted to shoot myself in the head.

cheesehead said...

B&G makes me lose my religion on a regular basis.

SpookyRach said...

hee hee.

Meetings suck.

Sue said...

Finance for me. I'm ever so thankful that some people can work with numbers, but it's not me. And I have a hard time trying to look interested in balance sheets.

revabi said...

I with spooky rach meetings suck.

the reverend mommy said...

Heh heh heh. Sounds just like church to me....
I HATE the trustees committee, too. Discussion what brand of light bulbs to purchase and how many sheets of toliet paper are on each roll....

I run away screaming, personally.

St. Casserole said...

I vote for buildings and grounds since I've spent many more hours than normal on this in the past year.

Thanks for the good laugh!

Anonymous said...

Managing conflict, definitely.

Mary Ann