Thursday, June 20, 2013

What's obsolete in your church that you're still using?

Guest post by John Poitevent

Churches that are serious about being strategic and effective should consider evaluating their programs and processes on a quarterly bases. You may be familiar with the street light exercise using red, yellow and green dots. Making a list of your programs and processes by department, ask your team, "what should we keep doing, what should we reevaluate, and what should we stop?" You'd be amazed at how insightful this simple activity can be.

This is a great reflection by Todd Rhoades.
NBC News has compiled a list of twelve technologies that should be totally gone from society… but for one reason or another live on.
Here’s the list:
1. Dial-up internet
2. Pagers
3. Dot matrix printers
4. PDA’s
5. Pay phones
6. VHS and cassette tapes
7. Landline phones
8. CRT televisions
9. Film cameras
10. Windows 98 and 2000
11. Fax machines
12. Vinyl records 
I’m wondering… what ‘obsolete’ things is your church holding on to?
You know… things that people still use because they’re used to it, or will resort to it in a pinch… but really aren’t necessary anymore 
Found here:  Denny Burk


Alex Philip said...

The offering envelope and the offering plate.

John Poitevent said...

Great one Alex. Who carries around a checkbook any more? Although some people are offended by electronic giving kiosks (and I still don't understand why) we have to accept that this is the way that financial resources are exchanged today. Churches that don't embrace this (along with online giving) are not serving their people well. It's not about the method, it's about the heart of the giver.