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Life Lesson: If It Ain’t Broke, You Can Still Make It Better

English: A bored person

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The old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” bears a lot of truth, but we shouldn’t use it to remain in the status quo. Just because something is still working doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon – made more efficient, more durable, more economical, or more interesting. It’s the only way to stay on top and ahead of the game.

 

I’m not advocating change for the sake of change…but then again I am in some situations. Take a church service for example. It’s probably the most predictable program format ever. While one church may slightly differ from another, it’s very easy to get stuck in a routine week after week. That goes for our daily lives too.

 

At the very least, change can bring an element of freshness to anything that has become routine. This is even more important today with our easily bored culture. So don’t wait til it breaks.

 

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Authenticity and Planning

Carlos Whittaker has a great article in this month’s Sunday Magazine on how technology has affected our need to plan ahead for services and other programs. There was a time when only less than a handful of people were involved in carrying out a regular church service. That meant much could be done at the last minute because no one else needed to know or prepare anything. That’s not the case in more in technology driven churches.

Carlos makes some very good points. I believe technology forces us to dig deeper, spend more time with God, and be more disciplined in hearing from him. God certainly knows what we need to do well ahead of time. We just need to start listening a little more and a little sooner.

Tech Leader Wannabes

Church technical ministry is a unique ministry to say the least. No where else in church work, other than maybe on stage, will a volunteer’s performance be evaluated and commented on on a regular basis. While this ministry is fun and very fulfilling, it is certainly not for everyone. Leading a tech ministry is not for just anyone either, regardless of skill and knowledge.

I’ve known some very knowledgable, very skilled, and very creative people who would be a disaster as a tech ministry leader. An effective church leader needs to have a clear vision that compliments the church’s overall vision. She, or he, should be protective and appreciative of their volunteers. Most people don’t have a clue what is involved in making a Sunday service happen, so the tech leader has to make sure the volunteers aren’t stressed and overwhelmed with unrealistic tasks and requests.

A good tech ministry leader is organized and consistent in processes, scheduling, and the like. All the technical skill in the world will still leave you with a mess if you don’t have that. And most importantly, the number one concern of a tech leader must be to get the message of Christ out to the audience.

Got anything to add to the list? Feel free to do so in the comments below.

The Most Important Thing We Do

A prepared guitar

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Have you ever thought about what is the most important thing you do with your life?  If you’re a Christian, the answer is most likely telling others about Jesus, whether through your lifestyle, random and intentional encounters, or your area of service.  Since this is one of, if not the, most important thing you do with your life, you should probably take the time necessary to make sure you are prepared, especially for those known occasions that regularly come around.

If you teach a bible study class, you need to be prepared.  If you are a greeter or an usher, you need to be prepared.  If you are part of the worship team on stage or behind the scenes, you need to be prepared.  We know by now that Sunday comes around once a week, every week, week after week.  And we know our ultimate goal, regardless of our role, is to share the gospel.

Often times we forget how important what we do on Sunday is.  Oh we may say, of course it’s important, but our actions of preparation prove otherwise.  From arriving late to not knowing what we’re supposed to be doing when, we fumble through our duties as if we’re at home stretched out in the lazy boy pretending to watch TV.

Practice, rehearse, study, be alert, communicate, PRAY.  It is not about perfection.  It is about doing our best both before, during, and after.  It is about showing God and others that we value the opportunity and responsibility to share the gospel.

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