I’m a big believer in reinventing our churches and ourselves as we progress through life. Oftentimes, we sense the need, but just don’t know how. We may find that our ministry plateaus and our lives are stale, but we have not lost the “dream.”
The progression is that we have had a lot of success as a church, church health is great, a lot of good ministry going on, and the church has tons of energy, so why mess with it? Well, because there is always a next level. You get to certain levels and unless you change things like structure, staffing, the understanding of the culture in the church, systems, and even the name, then you will continue to stay at that ceiling you have reached. These changes give you an unprecedented opportunity to re-launch the church much like a church plant. These launches are priceless and this type of momentum normally gets to happen only in a new church plant. However, I believe it can also happen in an established church, IF, the people are willing to go further.
We need to ask ourselves this question, “What would happen if we gave God free reign?” Uh oh, this opens up a can……..Most stop after they arrive at the answers. You know what I think a lot of people say: “That’s just not me; that’s just not us.” That’s not true! If the answers indicate reaching more people and seeing more changed lives, it is you!! That’s what you’ve always been about. The style or the mindset that it will take to get there can be learned and enjoyed. Remember, it’s not about you!
Read this article on what happened to a Methodist church near Tampa, FL. Exciting stuff!