Speaking at an Annual Conference in the Mid-West, one United Methodist Bishop asked this question: “What are the fundamental activities that are so critical to your congregation's mission that failure to perform them in an exemplary way results in congregational deterioration and decline?"
I think that’s a great question. Lately I’ve been asking myself whether churches try to do too much. And in trying to do so much, we do most of it in a mediocre way. The question I’ve been asking is “What should churches stop doing?” I think its the same question asked in a different way.
Someone once said that “the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Stands to reason that in order to keep the main thing the main thing – you better know what the main thing is!
Spend some time thinking about what activities are “mission critical:” – certainly in your home and in your life. But more particularly for this conversation – for the church.