March 2011

“Okay this is the professor speaking, young preacher has rubbed me the wrong way. I have absolutely no patience for preachers, pastors and ministers who will not read, study and prepare. You may not be able to go to school but you can go to the library! If not do not wake me up early in the morning with a question. Had to get this off of my chest. Have a wonderful day. Mad Love.”

"If your church is not innovating, it is dying."

“Innovation is changing organizational systems to provide service or produce your product more effectively, efficiently or more profitably. When the organization is crystal clear about the new results that are expected, innovation thrives and eventually becomes a part of the DNA of the organization. The organization that constantly improves stretches, takes risks, and finds new ways of delivering excellence welcomes the changes that are involved with innovation.”

This was a journal entry during the time that I was in a class on creativity and organizational development.  I look at many of the mainline churches in America and realize that the concept of constant innovation is not embedded in their DNA.  Many of these congregations are declining and struggling to reach new people, grow disciples and maintain the active fellowship. They run programs and hold events but never address the systems in the church that produced the challenges that they are currently facing.

Designing intentional systems of faith sharing, stewardship, discipleship, and worship design are essential for a church to be relevant and vital in the 21st century.  Churches that are more concerned with having church in a way that appeases the wants and desires of church members rather than intentionally designing systems to reach the prodigal sons and daughters are voting to close their doors.

There are more prodigals outside the church than disciples who are in our churches.

by Adam Hamilton

  1. Remember who you are. You are somones husband or wife. You are someone’s dad or mom. You are a child of God, person of worth.
  2. Recognize the consequences of your actions. Will I be more free or enslaved by this. Who will be hurt by my actions. Fantasize about the worst possible outcome instead of the “best.”
  3. Rededicate yourself to God. Stop, drop, and pray.
  4. Reveal your struggle to a trusted friend. Confess your sins to one another and pray that you might be healed.
  5. Remove yourself from the situation. Pluck out your eye. No, not really. But the point remains. Get out of there. Stop attending the situation.