Sometimes we carry on doing things and lose touch of the original aim and purpose of the thing we’re doing. Now, of course, not all tradition is wrong, but how do we take an honest look at what we do, review it and change it if necessary.
We have held off putting up the signage for the church because we were waiting for our new name to be agreed. However, there was also a matter of not having enough money to pay for it. The signage budget was in the region of £15,000.
This week someone suggested another option which we hadn’t thought of, for about 5% of the cost. Suddenly, a new way of achieving something comes on the horizon and we wonder why we had got so stuck before.
Our lives and church life can be a little like that. We know that the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. The bible puts out like this.
“Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17 NIV
I find reviewing things often leads to discovering new ways of doing things. It just takes the courage to ask the questions of yourself, or the ministry you are involved in. These questions might help.
1. What is the purpose of what I am doing?
2. What does it achieve?
3. What involvement do I have?
4. What would happen if I stopped?
5. Who benefits from what I do?
6. Could this be done better, differently or by someone else?
7. What could I change to make it better?