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December 10, 2009

Positive Change for 2010

If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, we must expect to employ methods never before attempted.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Some things I got from Tony Morgan’s book Killing Cockroaches and made some side notes.

Churches that have IT are not stuck with the status quo. This is how we have been doing it is not a good enough reason to continue doing something.

Is. 43:18     “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
Is. 43:19     See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Personal Changes for 2010

1.    Value mission over methods.
What is the mission and not what are our traditions.

2.    Value people over programs.
The goal is not to fill our calendar with programs. The question should be how we can move people to a vibrant relationship with Christ and empower them to share their faith to others. Discipleship is relationship.

3.    Value innovative breakthroughs over incremental improvements.
Efficiency is good but effectiveness is far better. How can we reach more people for Christ?

4.    Value risk over safety
Give people freedom to fail. Our goal is not to keep our members happy and comfortable. Let’s risk and make failures.

5.    Value empowerment over control.
Empower people to create and innovate rather than telling them what to do. How can we help people experience life change through Jesus Christ?

6.    Value action over analysis.
There is no such thing as the perfect strategy. Analysis has its part but we must stop overanalyzing things and just get our hands dirty.
Balance faith and facts and let God guide the team as we test and risk.

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