the quick fix or God's way
Everyone wants a quick fix. Sports teams, parents,
businesses, people with illnesses...and churches. Sadly, there are plenty of
people around who advertise that they have just what people want. But most of
those promises don't amount to more than a temporary moment of hope followed by
That's not God's way. If you look through
the Bible, there are countless stories of people who had to wait: Abraham
becoming a father, David becoming a king, Paul becoming a missionary. And so it
is with church life. Most significant change within congregational life
requires culture change. And that doesn't come quickly. It requires a series of
goals and preparation. It requires constant prayer and a lot of patience. And
it requires leaders who understand how God acts. This is why Grace Institute always offer
longer term support rather than just single fix-it events.
Since we all live in the "microwave/drive
through/take-a-pill" society, we have to teach our people a realistic
expectancy or they will be constantly discontented and eventually figure that one of
the quickest fixes is to replace the pastor. One of the things we must teach is
that even though it doesn't appear that there is any forward progress, what we
do with that moment still counts. How we handle "down time" is what prepares us
for those moments when God does call for us to step forward and become
something new. The apostle Paul wanted to start ministry immediately after his
conversion experience, but was given a three year "waiting period." He
didn't sit around moping and feeling sorry for himself. He spent his time
deepening his faith and allowing God to work in his life to make him ready for
when the call finally came. Our churches must learn to do the same thing.
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Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Grace Institute in Aurora
session for pastors and teachers with extra
9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Program
1. Make a list of some of the good things that have happened in your church in the last 6 months and spend some time celebrating those movements at board, committee and elder meetings.
2. Spend time in prayer listening (not talking) to God's direction.
3. Set two achievable goals for summer that will move you toward God's vision for your church and then plan a celebration of those successes at the end of the summer.