I love 30Rock. Smart, funny, quick. All good things when it comes to a sitcom. Kathy and I were watching it the other day, and I was struck by a really fun idea, how does the Church line up with 30 Rock?
This does not reflect Creekside, these thoughts reflect stereotype ideas about local Churches
Jack Donaghey = Lead Pastor
Jack has a lot of ideas, but knows that he is not going to be the one to actually carry them out. He’s always thinking about leveraging the organization to the next level through things like “Synergy” and “Stratification.” Jack put in his time and moved up the org chart. He’s got bosses, but he’s definitely king of his empire. For Jack it’s TGS and Mircrowave Programming.
Liz Lemon = Associate/Executive Pastor
Liz works hard and carries a lot of responsibility on her shoulders. Liz is often responsible for making Jack’s ideas happen. She has freedom to disagree with Jack in conversation but she also wants to make sure that their work is great and innovative. Liz wants to move the organization forward, but she is working with people who are all working their own agenda, Liz has to build the habit of bringing all these people back to the same agenda.
Tracy Jordan = Youth Pastor
No one knows what Tracy is going to do, but other people will know that they have to pick up the pieces. Tracy has two guys who Dot Com and Griz who keep him on track. Youth pastors (having been I youth pastor I know) need to have youth leaders to keep them focused as well.
Jenna Maroney = Worship Pastor
The dreamer. The performer. Always working on something crazy on the side.
I could probably go a lot deeper in this whole thing. And again, I am not saying this is Creekside, but it’s a pretty stereotypical representation of the Church, based on stories I have heard and seen. The idea tickled me and I had to write it out.