Take Away Thoughts
This is a Myna bird in Maui having a snack on the onion rings left by a previous lunch-er. He was in heaven until the waitress saw him and said, "Oh! Party over!" and took the basket away.
I was in a meeting today about metrics. I'm still trying to process what was presented, but here are a few "take away" messages I wrote down. Some of these are destined to be expanded into their own blog posts, but for now, let your mind wander over these thoughts:
- Christianity is about change. (I liked that one. It was an ah-ha moment.)
- As a church, we have disconnected ourselves from our environment. It is time to reconnect.
- A vital congregation requires a very clear identity and a very clear purpose.
- We are not here to save the institution. We are here to use the institution.
- Do churches know more about who they used to be than who they are?
- A system gets (i.e. achieves) what it measures. In other words, we get what we pay attention to. (I'm still moving this one through my mind. Do you agree with it?)
- Without measurement, purpose devolves into preference. If we have no purpose, we measure whether people are happy by counting complaints.
- The purpose of problem solving it to return a system to what it once was. We don't have a problem -- we have a new mission field and new opportunities. We need to stop being problem solvers. Churches don't need to be fixed; they need to be changed.
More to come.