I’m learning some things about ownership of joint events and how it’s quite important to ascertain who is running the event and who is simply participating. Essentially it is about who gets to decide the shape of an event. This was brought home to me in a meeting following a comment of “It feels like we’re losing control”. It is much better to have the expectations cleared up out in the open rather than simply assume that all groups are on the same page.
This just drives home to me some more the advice I received last week about importance of having my own project and for that project to have a name and purpose that can clearly be articulated – so I can say when I do start up particular ministries, ‘This event belongs to this project‘. It also will help the event remain true to the vision of the project.
It is still good and important to work together with other groups and societies in the community, but it is also important to be clear whether you are simply a participant in someone elses event where they shape the agenda, or the driving force behind it where you invite others to join with your vision.