How do you know that a garden or a yard has been handled with great care? You see it in its appearance and the fruit that is produced. If it’s left to fend for itself, it will become overgrown or withered. The same is true for our personal lives and the organizations we lead. If we fail to manage them with ongoing care and cultivation, like a garden they will wither or become overcrowded with the chaos of unnecessary activity. Why is it that we so often ignore this truth?
When you hit the Church Community Builder website for the first time, it may be a bit confusing. After all, you probably landed there to look for software. What you saw was different, and not very software-focused. Let me try to give you some context for why that is.
One of the most talked about demographics among church leaders today are millennials. (Not familiar with the term millennial? Here is a quick overview. Also check out this book from Thom Rainer.) As these 20 somethings move into church leadership over the next two decades, the way we do church is likely to change dramatically. We're already seeing some significant shifts as captured in books like The Next Christians and The Tangible Kingdom.
It is true that the right programming is integral to reach and build community in a particular region. But I absolutely believe that more is not always better. After reading Jared C. Wilson’s recent post, 10 Reasons to Underprogram Your Church, I am even more convinced!