There’s been a lot of talk among my peer group this week about settings and access.
Today I was looking at my key ring.
There are 6 keys. Four are to my office. 1 for my car. 1 for my house.
But the potential.
Our family owns six vehicles. There’s four cars (one for each driver), an old truck that we use for hauling, and a motorcycle. There’s a key for each one. Two of the vehicles are older models and have two keys (one for the doors, one for the ignition). That alone is eight keys just for vehicles.
I have a key to my mother’s house, a key to a storage shed, a key to our riding lawn-mower, and a key to our camper.
For a grand total of twelve.
If I combined those twelve with the keys to my office, I’d be carrying sixteen keys on my key ring.
That doesn’t include those small, little, pesky keys – luggage, padlocks, desk drawers, filing cabinets, etc.
Here’s why I don’t carry them all with me every day:
- It would be too heavy and over time, I get tired.
- It would take up too much space in my purse – space that could be used for lip gloss, money…or ibuprofen.
- It would be too difficult to get where I needed to go – sorting through 16 keys just to open a door or start a car.
So I don’t carry all sixteen. Each person in our family carries what they need.
But… (because isn’t there always)
We keep duplicate copies of our keys in a safe place that we can all access.
If my husband or one of my children locks themselves out of their car in another part of town, I can stop what I’m doing, go home, get their key, and come help them. None of us ever intends to lock ourselves out of our car (or the house), but we know who we can call if we do. And only the four of us know where those copies are kept and how to access them.
How this relates to our Church Management Software and data settings and security:
In my experience, it’s been very helpful to make sure the keys are distributed. Each person should have the keys they need to access their ministry vehicle. Each person should have the keys they need to unlock the doors they need to do their jobs.
We shouldn’t give one person too many keys to carry on one key ring all of the time – that’ll lead to tiredness, other job aspects not getting done, and jobs – in general – taking too much time (because that’s a lot of keys to sort through).
But, it’s good to know that there are other people who can access the keys to my job on those rare occasions that I get locked out.