Two weeks ago I published this blog post about being more disconnected with other things so I could more connected with God. In the post I mentioned that Compass Point has an “open office” policy. Since that post I have had quite a few phone calls and emails asking me how that works. Basically we have come to realize that the office…while a great place for getting work done…can be very confining and unproductive for creativity and hearing from God. With that in mind we have adopted a “open office” strategy for our pastoral staff.
Mondays and Thursdays are sacred…everyone is in the office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We have a weekly rundown meeting on Monday morning and a weekly review meeting on Thursday morning. The pastors usually head out to lunch together on Mondays. We schedule any strategy or planning meetings for Monday afternoons. We don’t allow any outside meetings to be scheduled on Mondays…this is strictly a Compass Point staff-only day each week. Thursdays afternoons are about getting any last minute details hammered out concerning the Sunday service or upcoming events. The office is closed on Fridays and Saturdays so anything not done by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday doesn’t get done.
Tuesday and Wednesdays are “open office” days. Many of us still come in…but have the option not to. We work from home…work from the park…work from the beach…work from a coffee shop…work from a bar…etc. We still work…we still stay in contact via phone or email…we just change the scenery to get the creative and spiritual juices flowing. They are not fun days for catching some rays or movies…it’s still work days…just with a different view. It allows us to have a visual reminder of the people we are trying to reach…a visual reminder of all the great things God is doing…or simply a quiet day to hear from the Holy Spirit as we spend time in the Bible.
The “open office” policy is still in the experimental stages…but seems to be working well. It actually seems to be cause more productivity instead of less. There is WAY more creativity and visionary conversations happening because of it.