From Reactivity To Innovation
Carey Nieuwhof wrote in his column titled, Are Churches Behaving Like Shopping Malls In The Age Of Amazon, Just Hoping For People To Shop Again?, “The problem two months into the crisis is that you’ve reacted, but you haven’t really innovated yet. Nobody has. Take all the learning and change you’ve experienced in the last few months and lean into it way harder. Lean into the future much harder.”
Carey’s point is that we’ve reacted in order to continue existing, but we’re doing nothing yet that is concrete. Carey goes on to point out that no one has yet, so we’re not alone. Some people might wonder if we need to solidify what the church is doing because after all, some day the pandemic will be over and we will go back to the “way things were”. For the church, yes, one day the pandemic will be over. But do we really want to go back to the way things were. I don’t believe we should because our reach outside the church isn’t effective. Right now we are reaching into place that 98% of our populace lives, the internet. Many of these people won’t enter your church unless they first become comfortable with you and the effective ministry you’re doing.
Let me now apply that to another area, your life. Right now people are spending less, driving less, spending more time with their children, only shopping once a week, and the list goes on. All of these things could continue and we would be the better off because of it. I know for myself, it wouldn’t hurt if I spent less money. I don’t consider myself a wasteful person who buys more things than he needs or spends money in place that aren’t good. But if I want to be prepared for the next crisis (and there will be one), I need to change the way I spend money. I could organize my day so that I didn’t have to drive nearly as much as I do. I could certainly go the grocery store fewer times that I do, which would play out in less money spent.
I shouldn’t waste this opportunity, and neither should the church.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever else you get, get insight. 8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. 9 She will place on your head a fair garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”