The Best New Year’s Resolution

In a recent blog post Thom Rainer makes a startling statement, “I am proposing you dump everything on your church calendar. It’s time to start fresh.” He argues that most church folk are too busy to do REAL ministry in the REAL world.

He proposes we start the New Year with a blank Church calendar and fill in the calendar with only those activities we feel will really move the church forward. Keep it simple. Keep it basic.

When many things are added and never subtracted or evaluated, the calendar becomes bloated and our ministry becomes ineffective. The result is that members have little or no time to do REAL ministry outside the walls of the church.

He concludes, “We need effective churches, not busy churches. We need simple churches, not complex churches. As you move into a new year, consider your church calendar. Be willing to consider reducing or eliminating those activities that lead to busyness but not effectiveness. It could be the best New Year’s resolution you make.”

What activities and ministries would you include? Exclude? What present activities or ministries would you be willing to give up in order to do REAL ministry that might be more effective in reaching our communities?

We Labor Together With God, Wes

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