Beginning New Things Encourages Growth

Our church is in the process of launching a 5th worship service that will be a 3rd worship style in just a couple weeks.  Already, many lessons have been learned.  For instance, it would seem that to put the resources in expanding a ministry might dampen the whole.  This is just not true, nor have I ever seen this happen.  You must start with a healthy ministry base, of course, but the principle is this:  beginning something new spawns growth.  Here are ten things I learned that happen when a church missionally branches out.

  1. People who were dormant in your church and not involved get involved.  "You really need me?"
  2. New people come since new people like to be involved in new things.  "You want new people, don’t you?  Cool!"
  3. New resources spent on the project loosen the idea of spending on other projects otherwise shelved.  "Wow, can we really dream like this all the time?"
  4. There is a net gain in other areas, since it challenges the whole idea of status quo.  "Ouch. I am going to be left in the dust if I don’t get busy!"
  5. It exposes your weak areas. "Wow, we look like that to the community?"
  6. Not everyone will go with you and will not be satisfied regardless of results.  "Show me.  I’m not budging."
  7. There will be losses and causalities.  "Hey, you are stepping on my territory here!  It’s payback time."
  8. You may actually fail at your goals!  But, the Kingdom will net in some way. 
  9. You may actually succeed at your goals! And, that is sweet when it happens.
  10. You may never get credit for your efforts this side of heaven.  That hurts, but is part of the job of leadership.

Having been a part of church plants and new ministries I have seen success and failure, but I have never seen a truly missional endeavor be worthless.  Success can be hazardous.  We tend to institutionalize the success to a point that we never take a risk that might tank the institution.  We then talk up the institution and lose site of the mission that brought us the success in the first place. 

I do not know if our new service will be smash or less than that.  But, I can be assured of at least these ten things coming my way.  I would rather fail at reaching out then succeed at status quo any day. What is remarkable to me is that I feel like I am in the minority at times!

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

16 comments

  1. Your post here is timely, Rich. We have a pivotal meeting at our church on Wed (tomorrow) for the purpose of deciding between status quo or making necessary changes. I’m going to print this out to hopefully spark some necessary change that we so desperately need. Please keep us in prayer as we go through this important time.

  2. Your post here is timely, Rich. We have a pivotal meeting at our church on Wed (tomorrow) for the purpose of deciding between status quo or making necessary changes. I’m going to print this out to hopefully spark some necessary change that we so desperately need. Please keep us in prayer as we go through this important time.

  3. Your post here is timely, Rich. We have a pivotal meeting at our church on Wed (tomorrow) for the purpose of deciding between status quo or making necessary changes. I’m going to print this out to hopefully spark some necessary change that we so desperately need. Please keep us in prayer as we go through this important time.

  4. Your post here is timely, Rich. We have a pivotal meeting at our church on Wed (tomorrow) for the purpose of deciding between status quo or making necessary changes. I’m going to print this out to hopefully spark some necessary change that we so desperately need. Please keep us in prayer as we go through this important time.

  5. I will pray for you guys. Change hurts, but it is the reality of growth and health, in my opinion. Blessings!

  6. I will pray for you guys. Change hurts, but it is the reality of growth and health, in my opinion. Blessings!

  7. I will pray for you guys. Change hurts, but it is the reality of growth and health, in my opinion. Blessings!

  8. I will pray for you guys. Change hurts, but it is the reality of growth and health, in my opinion. Blessings!

  9. Nice blog, Rich. Just found it today. At our church, we found out first hand what you have said here to be true. My only disagreement is that the excitement seems to be short lived among the majority. The newness wears off.
    All that said, it was worth all the blood, sweat, tears, prep, and prayer if only one dives deeper into their relationship with Christ.

  10. Nice blog, Rich. Just found it today. At our church, we found out first hand what you have said here to be true. My only disagreement is that the excitement seems to be short lived among the majority. The newness wears off.
    All that said, it was worth all the blood, sweat, tears, prep, and prayer if only one dives deeper into their relationship with Christ.

  11. Nice blog, Rich. Just found it today. At our church, we found out first hand what you have said here to be true. My only disagreement is that the excitement seems to be short lived among the majority. The newness wears off.
    All that said, it was worth all the blood, sweat, tears, prep, and prayer if only one dives deeper into their relationship with Christ.

  12. Nice blog, Rich. Just found it today. At our church, we found out first hand what you have said here to be true. My only disagreement is that the excitement seems to be short lived among the majority. The newness wears off.
    All that said, it was worth all the blood, sweat, tears, prep, and prayer if only one dives deeper into their relationship with Christ.

  13. Agreed, the majority wants to stay put with status quo…so it is a constant tug-of-war for leaders to expand for the Kingdom. New things are not new for long, in other words.

  14. Agreed, the majority wants to stay put with status quo…so it is a constant tug-of-war for leaders to expand for the Kingdom. New things are not new for long, in other words.

  15. Agreed, the majority wants to stay put with status quo…so it is a constant tug-of-war for leaders to expand for the Kingdom. New things are not new for long, in other words.

  16. Agreed, the majority wants to stay put with status quo…so it is a constant tug-of-war for leaders to expand for the Kingdom. New things are not new for long, in other words.

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