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Insight 152: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Winning or Learning

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRSometimes you win and sometimes you learn. You never lose unless you never try. Congregations seeking to transform are often afraid of failing. They get so afraid that they never try. Two cliché quotes that are true of them: “We’ve never done it that way before.” “We tried that and it did not work.”

The change of attitude needed is that if you try something new--seek to engage in transition and change--two primary things can happen. First, you can win. It can work for your congregation. Or, you can learn from your experience, and try again building on your learnings.

Insight 151: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Engaging in Learning Activities

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLROften the more you know about a subject, the less it is a mystery to you, and the less you fear it. People connected with congregations for more than 20 to 30 years fear change and transformation. They do not accept the consequences of not changing. They do not know the possibilities available for congregations who are transforming.

Congregations seeking to transform should seek new information about transition, change, and transformation. Open up to new experiences and understanding. Experiment with tactics that might unfreeze the congregation from where it is and take it to where God is leading it.

Insight 150: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Making Shifts Rather Than Changes

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRToo many congregations are allergic to the word “change”. That one six letter word trips up congregations. Let’s try something different. How about the word “shift”. When the earth shifts as a result of an earthquake, we must adjust.

Life shifts. Style and methodology shift. Each new generation brings shifts. Technology shifts. Shifts often redefine basic assumptions about congregations. It does not mean that God shifted, that the drama of redemption shifted, and that the core values of congregations shifted. It simply means that shifts occurred in response to which congregations will be innovators, early adopters, late adopters or laggards.

Insight 149: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Trusting That God is At Work in the Background

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLR“Too often we limit what God wants to do in our midst because we can’t see how it will happen. Hopeful Imagination is about being obedient to what God is calling us to do that is beyond our ability to accomplish on our own.” [Queen and Davis.  Hopeful Imagination, 2014]

Congregations seeking to transform recognize, expect, look for, discern, accept, and affirm the presence of God’s Holy Spirit working in and through the lives of people throughout the congregation--even when God’s presence does not seem obvious. Without such trust in God transformation is impossible. Human effort is insufficient for transformation.

Insight 148: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Struggling Against Principalities and Powers

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRWhen seeking to transform congregations “be prepared for the struggle with principalities and powers”. [Queen and Davis.  Hopeful Imagination, 2014] Such struggles are not always about the obvious manipulations of a personal Devil. They are often the subtle desire to do things from a business perspective, or the response of people who do not get it about what God is up to such as much of secular society, or community standards that say you must conform.

Remember, you are about the work of transformation. You cannot allow the distractions of principalities and powers to un-focus you from a focused mission.