While he always kept abreast of the activities of the church, Campbell Morgan detested
committee work. He told a friend, "I would prefer to preach three sermons a day
rather than spend half an hour at a deacon's meeting discussing who ought to keep the keys
to the door."
W. Wiersbe, The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching &
Preachers, p. 209.
The next time a committee is appointed and the committee names several task forces to
do its job, think of this story: To highlight its annual picnic one year, a company rented
two racing shells and challenged a rival company to a boat race. The rival company
accepted. On the day of the picnic, everyone entered into the spirit of the event. Women
wore colorful summer dresses and big, floppy hats. Men wore straw skimmers and white
pants. Bands played and banners waved. Finally the race began. To the consternation of the
host company, the rival team immediately moved to the front and was never headed. It won
by 11 lengths. The management of the host company was embarrassed by its showing and
promptly appointed a committee to place responsibility for the failure and make
recommendations to improve the host team's chances in a rematch the following year. The
committee appointed several task forces to study various aspects of the race. They met for
three months and issued a preliminary report. In essence, the report said that the rival
crew had been unfair. "They had eight people rowing and one coxswain steering and
shouting out the beat," the report said. "We had one person rowing and eight
coxswains." The chairman of the board thanked the committee and sent it away to study
the matter further and make recommendations for the rematch. Four months later the
committee came back with a recommendation. "Our guy has to row faster," it said.
Bits and Pieces, September 19, 1991, pp. 5-6.