When Steve Jobs came back to Apple in 1997 – the first thing he did was clear out the “museum” of old products and gave them to Stanford University. He cleared out the archive because the company was stuck at looking at what it had done in previous years and trying to make changes FROM there. He reminded them that the future is what matters THE MOST and thier job is to LOOK FORWARD and invent tomorrow.
I think the church could use some clearing out of past methodologies (practices) and stop trying to tweak the already ineffective and LOOK FORWARD. Most people disagree with this because of some rant about history or heritage of those before us. I’m not suggesting we remove “baptism” or “communion” or “worship” from our methods – these are clear in scripture and are essential to our faith. I am suggesting that more churches remember that the time as ambassadors of Christ is NOW and our future success of living out HIS MISSION of the Fame of God and Freedom of Men is NOW. This will require us to “invent tomorrow” the paths, methods, and practices we engage in to reach every man, woman, and child with the gospel.
Can you think of anything in the churches “museum” that we need to stop analyzing (or tweaking)? What are some great examples of people or churches that are “inventing tomorrow”?
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