In the last two days I have made two decisions on behalf of the church – one regarding the new sign, and the other regarding the carpet in the counselling room. Margaret wasn’t available, and Penelope wanted someone more officially from WBC to be in on the discussion.
Both decisions we will have to live with.For a while, at least.
Maybe I will have got them wrong. I used the best information available, considered the impact of each of the options, and then drew a line under it: here’s the decision.
This morning I’ve stumbled across a blog entry on failure which talks about how churches need to distinguish between good failures, which are because they tried something and maybe it didn’t go the way they wanted it to, and big bad failures, because they didn’t do anything for fear of failure.
The line that jumped out at me:
I want to set down the paradoxical assertion that it’s only when a congregation can endure a load of small failures that it has a possibility of avoiding the largest failure–death. Conversely, a congregation that spends its life avoiding as many small failures as possible will often wind up dying earlier than it might have otherwise.
Or in two words, do something.
You may find the full article interesting: http://bit.ly/uPBB5u I intend to go back and read it again – more slowly.