Years ago, I attended a conference to learn about organizational growth. The speaker said that great organizations realize their need to grow and/or change when things are actually going well. During that period of growth and change, things often go from smooth sailing to what he called a “cloud of chaos”. That phrase has been resonating in my heart through this season of growth at Woodlands.
2019 has been a year for the ages. We have navigated two major construction projects, a couple of full-time staff transitions, launched a brand-new program, doubled the size of another program, executed an onsite fundraising event, and grew our summer staff by 60%. And each one of those things needed about one million decisions. Whew - my brain is tired!
But the Lodge is now done, and it is fabulous. And the Commons is well-underway, set to be completed by year-end. And Freestyle was a smash hit. As was Xtreme 2.0. As was FORGE. As is our team.
You see, the encouraging part about clouds of chaos is that at some point you will emerge from that cloud to find your ceiling is much higher. Think of it like climbing a mountain. If you take on a big mountain, you will eventually climb into the clouds. In doing so, the way forward will become less clear. But if you keep climbing, eventually you will climb through the clouds, and the vista will be amazing.
For us, we are growing significantly, which puts us in the cloud of chaos. But we press on toward the top of the mountain, knowing that our ceiling and capacity for influence is growing along with our organization. The mountaintop God is leading us toward is to have the programming, facilities, and personnel in place to impact 25,000 people in the year 2025! We get little glimpses of clarity as the clouds break for a short time, but we have more climbing to go and more clouds to endure. In a few years, however, we will climb through these clouds, and the view of the future will be stunning!