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UNITY BRINGS SUCCESS – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: unity to lead the church correctly
SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 3:1-13
Style: allegory/conversation: as deacons paddle
. a boat together, their individual decisions
. determine the direction they each paddle
Cast: DEACON/(DEACONESS) 1 – 6
. (DEACON 4 can be a woman)
. NOTE: you can split or combine the lines
. depending on how many actors are available
. or depending on how you stage this
. (ie. the size of your boat,
. or if you use chairs as a boat)
Set & Props: boat or 6 chairs (or appropriate amount),
. 6 oars (or appropriate amount)
(“Boat” faces forward to the congregation,
so DEACON 1 sits in front as low as possible,
and the further back they are, have them sit
a little higher so they can all be seen.
DEACON/(DEACONESS) 1 – 5 get into the boat first.
DEACON 6 enters and DEACONS 4 and 5 help him in
and sit down at the back. DEACON 3 hands him an oar.)
D 6 Thanks. I’m really excited to join all of you
. and serve to the best of my abilities.
D 1 Sounds good. Okay, everybody ready to go?
ALL Lead on!
(ALL just sit there for a while, polishing their oars,
preening or checking text messages, until...)
D 6 Um, so, what are we going to do first?
D 1 We like to get a general idea, so we typically
. just paddle around and see what’s out there.
. Usually something will catch our attention.
D 2 Yeah, like - a raging fire. Those are usually
. pretty easy to spot once it gets out of control.
D 5 It’s always me-me-me, my-my-my – getting all
. critical - and then getting into fights.
D 4 And holding grudges – don’t forget.
D 3 Yeah, sometimes I just feel like a fireman.
. All we ever do is go around and stomp out fires.
(DEACON 1 licks finger and puts it up to feel the air.)
D 6 So, why not just teach everyone that
. starting fires is wrong, and then teach them
. how to – nicely – “stomp them out” before
. they get big and out of control?
(DEACON 1 looks back at DEACON 6, then forward again.)
D 1 (sighs and announces) Easier said than done,
. my man, easier said than done.
D 6 Shouldn’t we at least try that?
. Doesn’t the Bible-
D 3 (interrupting with a laugh)
. He’s only just started, and already
. trying to rock the boat!
D 6 No, ah, sorry. Just wondering, that’s all.
D 1 Okay. Well, let’s get going and at least
. start moving in SOME direction!
(DEACON 1 starts to paddle and everyone tries to copy.
DEACONS 1, 3 and 5 paddle on the right-hand side
while DEACONS 2 and 4 paddle on the left-hand side.
DEACON 6 has problems knowing how to hold the oar.)
D 6 Ah, how am I supposed to hold this thing?
D 4 No idea. Just figure it out on your own –
. whatever works best for you,
. and you should be fine.
(DEACON 5 quickly gives a little illustration
to DEACON 6.)
D 5 Ah, here, watch me. See where my hands are? 3
. Hold the upper hand - with palm out. That way
. you can push and have more strength as you-
D 4 How come you never taught ME that?
D 5 (shrugging) You never asked.
D 2 As you always say, YOU like to figure things out
. for yourself!
D 5 (back to D6) Anyway, your lower hand
. grabs the oar below the boat’s rim.
. This way you can dig deep and get more done.
. See? Reach forward, then use the lower arm
. to pull back, while the upper arm pushes forward.
. Both arms work together to share in the effort.
. You don’t get as tired that way.
D 4 I can’t believe no one taught me that.
. I could have saved myself so much time and effort!
D 5 (flippantly) Sorry. Now I suppose you’ll
. want to set up more guidelines and procedures
. for us to follow.
D 2 (groaning) Ah, I’m so tired of all the rules.
. Why not just let the Holy Spirit tug at us?
D 4 We have to have SOME direction!
D 2 But is it God’s direction – or yours?
D 4 Fine then. I’ll just sit here and keep quiet!
(DEACON 4 puts oar down and sits with arms crossed
in anger. DEACON 6 still struggles to get the hang
of paddling, and stops to comment.)
D 6 (calls out to D1) Aren’t we going
. to deal with that?
D 1 With what? They’re grownups, they’ll figure
. it out.
D 6 Isn’t there some scripture for that, though?
. You know? Mattheeewww – something-something.
D 3 Yeah, first step is – they need to work it out –
. in private.
D 6 So we should at least encourage them to do that.
D 3 Just leave it alone.
D 6 But if they effect the meeting, out in the open
. like that, isn’t that an issue for the group?-
D 1 Juuuust ignore it. It usually blows over.
D 4 (shaking head an mutters loudly)
. Right. You mean, I just have to take it,
. and keep taking it. Stuff it WAY down
. so I’m boiling and fuming inside –
. ready to explode. Meanwhile, Tom, here,
. can just keep on doing what he does best –
. being rude. Tom is the rudest person
. I have ever known. You know, one time
. he actually went up to Harold and-
D 6 Isn’t that gossiping? We shouldn’t be gossiping.
D 4 (defensively) Don’t judge me! This is an item
. of concern – that we should be praying about.
. I’m just warning you now, never depend on him
. for anything. He’ll find some way to drop
. the ball somehow. He always does.
D 2 (drearily) I’m so tired of all this.
. (decisively) I’m taking a break!
(DEACON 2 puts his oar down and sulks.
DEACON 6 tries to paddle the best he can, especially
since he is now the only one on his side paddling.)
D 6 We’re-we’re kind of going around in circles here.
D 2 Whatever, we weren’t really going anywhere,
(DEACON 1 points up a bit to the left.)
D 1 Ah, I see old Mrs. Krammer there - in distress
. AGAIN. Let’s see what she wants now.
(DEACON 1 swings his oar to the left-hand side
and paddles while stretching out to the left.
DEACON 5 swings his oar over and just misses D 4’s head.)
D 5 Watch the head.
D 4 Watch it! You’re not very good at that, are you!
D 5 Whatever! At least I’m paddling.
(DEACON 3 keeps paddling on the right-hand side.)
D 3 How much MORE can we expect to do for her, anyway?
D 2 She’s crippled and a widow – so - probably a lot.
(DEACON 3 stops paddling and puts a hand up to his chin
D 3 Can’t she apply for some kind of government grant
. or something? I mean, what are we – a money tree?
D 2 Oh, that reminds me, I need to get back to work.
. My wife wants to take the kids to Disney World.
. They’ve all been trying my nerves lately.
(DEACON 2 keeps his paddle on the right-hand side and
starts to paddle backwards very dramatically.)
D 4 (dryly) Bribing them again?
D 2 What kind of father would I be if I didn’t give
. my family good things?
D 4 You think they should be rewarded for acting out?
D 2 I’d like to think that doing this for them
. would be incentive to behave.
D 4 How’s that working for you?
D 2 I’m sure it could be a lot worse.
D 4 And most probably, it will get there!
D 6 Ah, what-what about Mrs. Krammer?
(DEACON 3 is still in his thinking pose and
seems to wake up at the question.)
D 3 Who? Ah, what about her?
D 6 Maybe we could HELP HER apply for some kind
. of grant.
D 1 Great idea! You can be in charge of that.
D 6 Sure. Okay.
D 1 So then, let’s see what the youth group
. is up to now? You can always count on them
. to push the envelope. I’m always suspicious
. when they have too much fun. You just know
. the parents will complain about that.
. Might as well “nip it in the bud!”
(DEACON 1 swings his paddle back to right-hand side
and paddles while reaching to the extreme right now.)
D 6 But, shouldn’t we still go see
. what Mrs. Krammer needs right now?
(DEACON 6 continues to paddle, reaching to the left.)
D 4 Wait! I think we should first discuss
. the needs of the ladies ministries.
. They need more money so they can plan
. all of the church events more effectively.
(DEACON 4 paddles backwards on the left-hand side.)
D 3 I thought they were raising their OWN money –
. so that they would have complete say
. over their OWN money?
D 4 Well, think about all the work they do
. for the church. I think it’s selfish for you
. to expect them to do so much work –
. and not give them something.
D 3 So what now? Take ALL the money away from
. missions just so you ladies can make everything –
. fancier? We don’t need fancy – we need practical.
(ALL are paddling in different directions now.
DEACON 6 stops paddling to observe this.)
D 6 We don’t seem to be moving in ANY direction now.
. This is a lot of effort – not to go anywhere.
(DEACON 1 stops paddling and thinks.)
D 1 You’re right. We need to be working together.
. All our efforts should have a focus and a purpose.
. If we are fighting and going off in
. every direction, how can we expect the church
. to have focus and accomplish anything?
D 2 Agreed. We should be leading by example.
D 5 So what’s first then?
(ALL look straight ahead and begin to paddle forward,
D 1, 3 and 5 on the right-hand side, and D 2, 4 and 6
on the left-hand side.)
D 1 We need to put God first, as our focus
. and our leader. And follow God’s words,
. as they direct us in the Bible:
. in our personal lives, and then
. as we serve in the church.