By George Bullard
Congregations seeking to be vital and vibrant ten years from now are congregations seeking to impact tomorrow. Congregations hoping tomorrow will bring a return of the past are seeking to praise yesterday. Too few congregations are in the former category. Too many are in the latter category.
The Truth About the Past?
Traditional congregations praising the past have convinced themselves that certain things are true. First, their quality of worship, discipleship, and fellowship is so rich that they do not need to change it. They have arrived in terms of unity of worship style and meaningful fellowship among long-term members. Second, they have finally arrived at theological clarity, and even if it is not resulting in increased vitality and vibrancy—much less numerical growth—it is still the right pathway for their congregation.