Monthly Archives: January 2009

Yogi Was Right!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future of our church. Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else.” I think Yogi is right. That means that as a leader I definitely need to get better at developing a vision for our church. It is the current challenge of our elders and staff teams.

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In this pursuit, I’ve recently read a very helpful and insightful book by Will Mancini – Church Unique. I was struck by what he wrote on p.132, “Your church can’t be anything it wants to be, but it can be everything God wants it to be. Don’t be shy about who you are; embrace and exploit it on behalf of your mission.”

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Thus, the development of discovering our unique calling in this community begins by scrutinizing the obvious. It includes answering such questions as: Who are we? What are our strengths? What do we do well?

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You see, we aren’t interested in being a clone of another church. We want to be all that God wants us to be. So, we must begin this discerning process by looking at ourselves. God has made ACC unique. Mancini poses a number of great self-assessing questions. Check out these three:

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•?If a guest visited our church several times and answered the question, “What did you like best about this church?” what would the guest say?

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•?If you were bringing a friend to our church for the first time, what singular promise (that is, what she will receive or experience from coming) would you be most willing to make?

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•?How do new members talk about what attracted them to the church?

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Would you help the leadership team of our church by responding to at least one or more of these questions? PLEASE leave a comment – it would be a big help as we seek to move forward in our mission!

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Thanks,
?Dave

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Melancholyosity

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I just got out of the gym, having played a game of H-O-R-S-E with my son Micah. It had been many years since we last played – when he was young we played all the time in our backyard.

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We definitely looked like a couple of white boys – let’s just say our shooting skills have diminished a bit!

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Sitting now at my desk I’m pretty melancholy. I miss Micah being a little boy (he’s 20 now), always under foot, always wanting to play something, always going to the emergency room. (Micah could practically suture himself by the time he was seven.)
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?I often think of the 1974 folk rock song by Harry Chapin – “Cat’s in the Cradle”.

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I know time marches on, I know that kids are supposed to grow up, I know… but I’m still feeling sad. Time for a little Chapin.
?Peace,
?Dave

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