Every challenge can be addressed. Whether large, small or complex, challenges present themselves to families, churches, non-profits and businesses. It is central to living in a complex and ever-changing society. Challenge is out there everywhere but it is also very much a part of each of our lives and the churches that we seek to lead, serve and support as well.
Churches face challenges like everyone else. Most of the time, churches try to face challenges by keeping as much equilibrium as possible. In other words, churches often times try to meet challenges with no internal change in how they do their business of discipling one another and reaching out to their communities. Changing neighborhoods, unstable economic conditions, stagnant volunteerism, declining attendance at traditional hours of worship name just a few common challenges churches in both rural and urban areas face on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Solutions to your local challenges aren’t always found elsewhere.
Where churches can look for solutions to these challenges isn’t necessarily outside of them, but rather, right where you already are! Every church has an inordinate amount of experience, wisdom, resource and courage to meet these locally rooted challenges. Yet, because churches may try to continue to keep things the same while trying to adapt to the locally rooted challenges, we may, in fact, use the same process we have always used to address such challenges. What we in the church so often find is that we often get the same thing we’ve always gotten by addressing new challenges in 2014 the same way we addressed them in 1975. What about trying something different for your church? What about addressing a challenge with a different way of working, learning and serving? If you have any of these challenges, or, questions, you might need a team!
Of course, there are other reasons to have a team. You might share a few, here for colleagues and fellow servants seeking to make a difference.
The Rev. Nathan Stanton is coordinator of New Church Development for the Great Plains Conference. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.