I’ve always been fascinated with silos. I think they are interesting structures with a specific purpose on a farm and in industry. I grew up in Wisconsin so they are part of the landscape of agriculture there, but not everywhere. Texas had few silos. Crops and feed are handled differently there. Agriculture is different there. Silos can be dangerous. My husband lost an uncle in a silo accident and we both can name farm family friends who have experienced injuries, serious injuries, in silo accidents. In traveling cross country recently it was notable how many farms were in disrepair with their silos crumbling, missing their domed roof, and vine covered. New methods for storing acres of silage and grain include bag systems that lay on the ground, which would seem to be far less dangerous, and much less costly to build and maintain. Still fascinating to me, although as a child I pictured living in a silo, like a castle tower, so the bag systems aren’t very dreamy.
Silo structure can happen intentionally or unintentionally in the workplace. In a church office it can happen because more often than not, people/the pastors, are just so glad to have something get done that before long an individual can build themselves into a silo of job responsibilities that no one else does or wants to do. Most church employees are prized for their self management and ability to work unsupervised. (Pastors need to pastor, and administration and management isn’t necessarily their language.) Silos seems to be naturally perpetuated because stewardship and budgets prevent training opportunities for more than one at a time, especially in smaller budget churches. I confess to have built several silos myself, and defended them, resisting change with every fiber of my codependent being!
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.