Days after registering her mind-boggling 900th win as a college coach, Pat Summitt faced not just defeat, but a crushing defeat. The #1 ranked Lady Vols fell to the #2 Duke Blue Devils 75-53. To hear Summitt talk, it wasn’t that close.
But I think the United Methodist Church could stand to learn something from this woman and the program she has built. Reacting to the loss, Summitt said, “Losing’s one thing, losing the way we lost is something quite different. It’s unacceptable in this program. So we will learn from it.”
The Conference of which I am a clergy member, the Central Texas Conference, boasts some thirty-plus years of consecutive numerical membership growth. However, we have, for at least that long, been decreasing as a percentage of the population within our bounds.
Put the latter way, we should find this unacceptable and learn from it. Generally, however, we have patted ourselves on the back that we “aren’t like all those Conferences that have been losing membership.” (notice the siimlarity to that story in Luke where someone thanks God that he isn’t like someone else?)
Or is numerical gain and societal loss acceptable.
Pat Summitt for Bishop in the SouthCentral Jurisdiction in ’08!