How does your church or ministry make decisions on something it has not done before?
I often joke about our denomination’s “four-year study” requirement to do anything. It seems that the equivalent in the local church is like, “let me ask my friend who knows these things, instead of trusting you.”
Sorry – not trying to make anyone (unnecessarily) upset.
Here’s my point and why I think that I am right:
Usually, a ministry has no formal process by which to neither initiate nor respond to unfamiliar ideas or situations. So, clergy and lay freeze up or rely upon familiar sources of information and judgment.
How churches typically react
Sometimes, when they understand the problem, but do not have the expertise, they call in a consultant to do a study and make a recommendation. This and that and the other thing are all fine – no judgment.
But, what is the result?
It is that the “new and unfamiliar” seldom get acted upon and there is a tendency to drift towards what is safe to do.
But, what if there were a short-term, formal process, for a specific topic, goal, or project, for a leadership team or staff, that is led by a guide who points out what is happening with the participating leadership team that the people would usually be too afraid to bring up?
This is our Incubator – learn more about it here. Of course, you can always ask me any questions about it directly, including if it could be customized to your own context.
I believe that, in the long run, the inability to bring up ideas or act upon unfamiliar scenarios will be a common experience as the world only gets more distant from that of the Church.