August 7, 2019 –
Creative ideas don’t come from happy people. Happy people are comfortable in their current paradigm.
If you are only listening to the happy church members, you may set yourself up for a surprise. Happy people don’t like conflict, confrontation, and crave the status quo. When looking for worship-improvement Ideas, don’t seek them among the people who have one idea, “We’ve always done it this way.”
Ideas lead to change, and many people don’t like change. Someone said there are only two types of people who want change: a wet baby and a cashier. But, there is a third, an unhappy Christian.
Besides seeking and talking with disgruntled Christians, conduct a church wide-survey every six months and ask members three questions: 1. What’s working? 2. What’s not working? 3. What changes would you like to see made to improve our worship?
Use an approach that balances new ideas with old ideas. Someone said, “Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.”
Don’t look for innovative ideas from people who want to “surround the wagons.” Innovation is another name for “Westward Ho.”