As nearly all of you know, I am currently the Lead Pastor (only pastor…but “Lead” because we believe that EVERYONE is a pastor) at Spirit Alive Church in Kenosha/Pleasant Prairie, WI. We are small and growing. At least since I have been here, we have decided to focus on what we do well and not dilute ourselves, our resources, by trying to be “all things to all people”. However…is it possible that we have it wrong?
Yes…from a business perspective we are able to provide excellence by focusing our resources on a few things rather than spreading our resources thin by doing many things. I believe this. I championed this. But am I…are we…wrong?
Take worship for example. We do a contemporary worship service. We show almost no hint at all that we have a LUTHERAN label on us…none at all other than a transparent theology of grace and acceptance of all people.
However…this is the ONE service that we do. This is it. Why? Because we don’t have the resources to do more than this at a high level of quality and effectiveness. But does Malcolm Gladwell teach us something different about this culture? (if you don’t know what I’m talking about…watch the TED Talk on the BLOG post below).
And if culture isn’t enough of a drive for us to think about this…let us consider Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. He says he has made himself a ‘slave’ to all people, becoming for them whatever they needed him to in order to ‘win’ them. There is so much to unpack here I don’t know where to begin!!
Are we the church to become all things to all people? Giving up what we find spiritual, filling and uplifting for the benefit of others? Do we provide a huge variety of styles, programs, educational opportunities, etc to the point of breaking our resources? Is this what the larger church is for? To provide ‘options’ in all areas theological? Worship? Location? Leadership Style? Etc??
Thoughts? (watch the TED Talk if you haven’t…)