Balance is Key When Implementing Innovative Strategies
In the December 2005 issue of Postscript, the monthly e-newsletter of Global Mission's Center for Secular/Postmodern Mission, James Coffin provided food for thought. "One of the challenges facing the church in our world of rapid change is to know when to move with the times and when to cling to the tried and true. Some want no change at all, and others want to throw out everything. Both extremes will have a detrimental impact on the church. The Bible tells to prove all things and hold fast that which is good....Innovative worship formats are highly beneficial--for some, but not necessarily for everyone. If innovations totally crowd out the tried and true, we may lose members for whom the tried and true has proved highly effective. On the other hand, forever clinging only to the tried and true may mean that we never touch a segment of society that needs to hear what we have to say. Most roads have a ditch to avoid on each side. It's one thing to always be on the lookout for ways to reach people where they are; it's quite another to assume that everything of the past is passé. So may balance reign supreme as, by perusing the material we're providing, you seek to find more effective ways to minister to the entire spectrum in our rapidly changing world." Coffin is director of the center and co-senior pastor of the Markham Woods Church in Orlando, Florida.
INNOVATIONewsletter, January 6, 2006 Center for Creative Ministry