Miraim Webster on-line defines synergy as "conditions such that the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual effects." That is exactly what happened at Oak Grove UMC yesterday. We had meetings - four of them - to look forward in terms of hospitality and to plan for worship, children, youth, and adult ministries in the fall.
What Webster's definition doesn't take into account is the work of the Holy Spirit that creates synergy. At each meeting the sum of the energy, faith, wisdom, and dedication of those attending resulted in something greater than any one of us or even each of us separately could have come up with.
Beyond that, the sum of the whole afternoon - all four meetings - is greater than what each meeting could have been on it's own. Over and over again, someone would present an idea that sparked an idea that connected with an idea. At the end of each meeting, more than one person said, "This is great!" expressing their enthusiasm for the plans that are being laid.
I can't wait to see how the Holy Spirit is going to take our plans and make them into life transforming ministries.