thing that I have always strived for as a minister is to always
be on the "cutting edge" of what God is doing in ministry.
I have always wanted to have a ministry that was a step above
the norm - a ministry that was unique - a ministry that was doing
something that few if any had done before. One of the reasons
for this is that I believe that being unique sets your ministry
apart from others, and makes it attractive to potential members.
want to be a part of something great. They want to be a part of
something successful. They want to be proud of their church. They
want to be able to say that, "Our church is the only church
around that _____" or "Our church puts on the best _____".
Deep down, people want to be on the cutting edge. They don't want
to attend a "cookie-cutter" church - one that looks,
acts, and sounds like every other church out there.
there is a risk with being on the cutting edge. Being on the cutting
edge means always being at risk of offending someone. Because
as much as most people want to be on the cutting edge, they still
resist change. Being on the cutting edge requires you to always
be trying something new, something unique, something that no one
has done. People like their comfort zones, and being on the cutting
edge takes us away from those comfort zones.
churches go through periods of transition. Some bear those periods
well. Some are destroyed by those periods. Remember that being
on the cutting edge will require you to go through transition.
Don't fear these transitions. Rather, do everything with boldness
and confidence. Boldness with perfection cannot be beat. And if
you cannot do it with boldness, it means 1 of 2 things:
You were not prepared to present it.
You did not prepare your congregation to receive it.
either case, the job is up to us as leaders to present our ministries
effectively. I have a great deal of experience with transition...because
in a sense, every new song that I present to my congregation is
a form of transition - and it will either be well-received by
them or it won't. But if it is not well-received, the first person
I will look to blame is myself.
encourage you to always strive to be on the cutting edge. But
remember to thorougly prepare yourself and your team first, then
prepare your congregation, then present your ministry boldly with
confidence and polish. Remember the definition of excellence in
ministry: "Doing everything you can do to ensure that every
aspect of your ministry is able to be easily received by others"
one more thing when it comes to transition. Transition is the
last stage of labor before the baby comes. If your church is going
through transition, get ready...your baby is about to be born!
You have carried this idea, this vision, for a long time now -
but you're about to give birth to that which you have carried
so long! Be encouraged!
best for your success!