"Orbiting the Hairball" is a term coined by the late Gordon MacKenzie of Hallmark Cards fame. As a creative person, he described it as a way to challenge the stifling bureaucracy that is inevitable as organizations grow and age.
Institutions are most comfortable with proven successes, so they seek to repeat them. Yet, insanity has been defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Orbiting is actively engaging in the opportunities and resources provided by the organization without being sucked into the hairball. It means operating outside the bounds of the institutionally accepted models, patterns, standards and resolutions while remaining connected to the spirit of the corporate mission.
Church foundations have the unique opportunity to share in the ministry of the church without becoming entangled in its “hairball.” The United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana sees it as not just an opportunity, but as an expectation.
Our latest Annual Report describes examples of your United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana orbiting the hairball, as well as the traditional financial measures of success. We feel that “orbiting” may have greater lasting impact on the church than all the loans, investments, and campaigns in which we ever participate.
We hope you do, too.
As always, we are grateful for your support. May God continue to bless you, your church, and your United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana.
is to be a catalyst that strengthens and preserves our current ministries while meeting the needs of a diverse and rapidly changing society.
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