Today’s guest post was written by Mark Powell, Pastor of Communities at Canyon Ridge Christian Church and founder of SmallGroupResources.net. His consulting and coaching services focus on the health of small groups ministry. Are you currently wrestling with any of the strangleholds he presents below?
You know that “your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing (Andy Stanley).” You know the well-worn path never arrives at a new destination. You even know Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results.”
You know all these things. And at the same time…you’re hesitant to try a new strategy (or shut down an ineffective one). Why? You probably need to break free of a stranglehold with a death grip on your ministry.
1. The pursuit of problem-free. This delays more ministry than any other stranglehold. Remember, there are no problem-free strategies, systems or solutions.
2. Indecision about the best way. Obviously, this stranglehold is related to #1. Still, it is motivated differently. If you find yourself stuck even after choosing the set of problems you’d rather have, you are probably dealing with indecision about the best way.
3. Fear of failure. Perhaps your culture doesn’t allow courageous tries that sometimes miss the mark. I like to think that “Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.” If you only try things that are guaranteed to succeed, you’ll never get far enough from the familiar to break new ground.
4. The lure of compromise. The scariest steps are often the first steps into a new idea. One of the biggest strangleholds is the last step before a new strategy takes flight. The most powerful aspects are often eliminated because it’s too easy to do what’s familiar.
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