Greetings, APA Members
As I reflect on 2017, I honestly can say that 2017 was not one of my best years, but it also was not my worst. Looking back on 2017 I recognize that I was just doing enough to keep afloat and I let many essential areas slip by the wayside, both personal and professional so that I could have the energy to stay above water. I was in survival mode. Survival mode is a dangerous place to be, and I knew going forward I needed to get out. I knew I had to make some changes. The first thing I needed to do was admit I was in survival mode and then I needed to reevaluate and make some choices that I knew would not be easy.
What I learned about survival mode is that not only do individual people experience survival mode but so do organizations. Which caused me to ask, is the Administrative Personnel Association in survival mode? Could we admit if we were in survival mode? Does APA have a vision? “Where there is vision there is growth.” Are we growing or are we just surviving? The Executive Board met in November, and some of our discussion was about the future of APA and where do we see APA in the next 40 years? The Executive Board is concerned and recognizes that many changes are impacting APA. The PCUSA church itself is in transition, churches and other entities of the church are downsizing and/or reorganizing their staff structure, the elimination of continuing education money, and then the generational change in the workforce. Our organization is aging and members that have been with us for a long time are retiring, or they have been serving for a very long time and are ready to step aside. How as an organization are we addressing these issues? Do we believe we need to even worry about these changes that are taking place? At our national conference in May the special task force, which was assigned to envision what our organization could look like, will present some choices. When choices present themselves, then decisions can be made.
This year I challenge our members to make some choices in 2018:
- Get involved with APA either by serving in a leadership role, acting on a committee, or helping with the promotion of APA.
- Invite a new person to join APA or encourage a former member to join again.
- Attend the 2018 National Conference.
- Recognize and thank your leadership for their service either at the regional and/or the national level.
- Hold the special task force in prayer as they vision the future of the Administrative Personnel Association.
In conclusion, I leave you with the following quote that I borrowed from the book “Lord Bless this Mess” by Ellie Claire.
“Choices can change our lives profoundly. The choice to mend a broken relationship, to say yes to a difficult assignment, to lay aside some important work to play with a child, to visit some forgotten person-these small choices may affect our lives eternally.” – Gloria Gaither
APA National President