But we’ve never done it that way before!
Those words will absolutely spank your ministry and your churches. I am not talking just some ordinary slap on the knee I am talking a go outside and get a branch from the tree type of spanking. I am reading a book by Neil Cole called Church 3.0 that is phenomenal. I am just in chapter three but already Neil is reshaping how I view church which is synergistic with some conversations I have had with people in the past 8 months. Read this quote from his book:
For some reason, the church is always the slowest to upgrade. Our conservative religious nature, which borders on superstition, tends to make everything sacred (especially things that are not meant to be so) and therefore untouchable. The result is that the church is often left behind, and soon irrelevant. When a ministry is blessed by God, we consider it His endorsement of the method. Long after the method is out of sync with culture and out of step with any good results, we still consider it God ’s way and keep it going—often for decades or even centuries. Making changes in the church is often considered heretical and blasphemous. The sound of the eight lethal words of church management still echo in the boardrooms of the Western churches: “But we’ve never done it that way before.”
Cole, Neil (2010-01-22). Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) (p. 4). John Wiley and Sons. Kindle Edition.
So the question I have for you is this: What are you holding onto in your ministry that God is no longer blessing? What are some things in your ministry that need upgrade?
But we’ve never done it that way before?
Which is why your church is not multiplying.
Think about those 8 words and think about what needs changing.
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