I have worked for many years in churches where a high level of excellence is valued. A simple truth is that people won’t believe that you are serious about something unless they see both passion and effort – actions really do speak louder than words. That being said, sometimes a desire for excellence can creep dangerously close to perfectionism. The problem there – in addition to being unrealistic and highly damaging to staff and volunteers – is that perfectionism will cause you to play it safe. You find what works and stick with it. Unfortunately, over time, you start to notice that it’s not quite working anymore, and wonder why…

To balance out the desire for excellence, I would suggest a simple dose of courage. Try new things. Be willing to take a chance here and there. Not mindless change for change’s sake, but calculated risks designed to combat the auto-pilot syndrome that can so easily take hold in our churches. Remember – you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. It’s OK if it doesn’t work. Tweak it and try again. Or try something different. But try. 

And remember – the WAY something happens is much less important that WHAT happens. If a new song, or style of music, or way of structuring the service, or way of doing [or not doing] announcements breaks down barriers between people and a relationship with Jesus, then I’m all for it – regardless of my personal preferences. “It is clear you don’t like my way of doing evangelism. You raise some good points. Frankly, I sometimes do not like my way of doing evangelism. But I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it.” – attributed to D. L. Moody, from an article by Kyle Rohane

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: