Well, that is a nice sobering title.
Change has been on many folks minds lately and what the future of things will be in the coming days, months, and years. Over the last few weeks on this blog we have talked about the changing landscape and change being normal. I have heard others talk about wanting to go back to the way things were and yet others starting over.
Those are all nice ideas; maybe, but how far back do you go when you reset things to “the way they were” and “starting over”? Do we go back nine months, the beginning of a person’s life or memories or the beginning of an era? How far and who decides? The fact is we are in a unique time that may allow some degree of this.
Currently we are faced with illness, socially distancing, social upheaval, political distrust, and financial instability. Almost every place one looks there is an issue. There is a need for a light to point the way.
Jesus has called us, the church, to be the light of the world, but have we lost our savor (relevance)? Has the church been too successful to succeed? If change and reset are normal, should not we be less committed to things that make us intransient about change and hinder us from accomplishing our core objective: sharing the Gospel, and equipping the saints?
What kind of things make us unable to adapt? Are big facilities, fancy equipment, and lots of people marks of our success or stumbling blocks to our future?
When you talk about resetting things back, why not reset things back to the beginning? In the first century of the church there were large churches, but big buildings. The church met in small groups. They would sometimes get together on a hill side as a larger group, but mostly it was small groups in homes. Could a reset with the use of modern technology and little investment allow that to happen again?
Technology is changing faster than folks can adopt the changes. It might be time to think less building hardware and software systems. When we consider what collaborative systems like O365, SharePoint and Teams can do today; the need to develop something else is redundant. The folks that have been developing software need to learn to help folks use their data and be more effective. The folks that have been managing networks need be more about helping users and churches be more effective with their tools or selecting and implementing the right tools. Networks are going away in favor of hosted systems. Data and communication have converged.
The handwriting on the wall says, “change or die”.