Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Inertia

Geographical inertia. When an industry remains in a location long after the resource which was the reason for the original siting has been exhausted. E.g. a glass manufacturer sets up in Nailsea because there is a nearby source of energy - coal. The glass industry survived for a long time after the coal had run out but has since closed.

Ecclesiastical inertia. An event continues to be constrained by circumstances which no longer apply. E.g. an afternoon meeting finishes at 3.25 p.m. so members can pick up their children from school even though the average age of the group is now 68 and all children have finished their education.

What forces of inertia are exerting themselves in your church or meeting?

  • Start times? Was it fixed by some constraint no longer present? Would another time help people to join?
  • Locations? Do you still meet in the best possible place? Do you imagine that you cannot move your church or meeting?
  • Raw materials? What are they? Where are they?
  • Names? Are you called something which hides your true purpose or only makes sense to those on the inside? Does your group do what it says on the tin?
  • Purpose? Have you done what you set out to do? Do you need to finish, or do something else?
These questions are not unrelated to new year's resolutions. Review and learn. Part one of good planning.

1 comment:

Caroline said...

Some more questions:
1) Is the focus of our church families to do with what enables closeness and loving support or is it the rather large building that 'needs' to be used/maintained (not appropriate to your new situation st, I think?)
2) Do we organise church in a way to help us learn to become more like Jesus?
3) How do we go about showing the life changing love of Jesus?

I haven't got answers but I suspect, following the hint in your post, st, that we're mainly just carrying on what's been done in the past.