Thursday Three For All: Why Your Church Won’t Change, Working on a Snow Day, and Life in the Vatican
It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)
(via @tonymorganlive) As the old saying goes, the only churchgoers who like change are babies in the nursery. For the rest of us, though, change is inevitable…and necessary for survival.
Fortunately, some churches experience sufficient pain when they realize they’ve stopped growing. Some churches reach that point when they recognize there are fewer people deciding to follow Jesus. Many churches don’t get to this level of pain until the money begins to run out.
On top of the pain not being great enough, there are also some common, inherent attributes of stuck churches that prevent them from experiencing change.
(via @lifehacker) We are in the middle of snow week here in North Carolina…we piled up nearly ten inches at our house yesterday. It’s officially work-from-home season, which is great…as long as you don’t have to get any actual work done.
For kids, snow days are the best days. There’s no school! And white fluffy stuff to frolic in! And no school! For working parents, though, that official alert via text or email can set off pangs of panic. Snow day? NO! You have reports to fill out and a budget to manage and that very important phone call at 11 AM, the one that can’t be interrupted by a little knock on the door and the real-life request, “Do you wanna build a snowman?”
(via @laughingsquid) Favorite fact: you can run around the country in a half hour. (I think I’ll take my time and make it an even 90 minutes.)
photo credit: Jason Mathis