Churches progress through small experiments, author says
“Churches often assume that trying something once means they have to get it perfect,” writes Dwight J. Zscheile in his book “The Agile Church.”
“If they fail, the whole endeavor (new ministry initiative, worship service, program, etc.) often just quietly disappears, without seeking to learn what changes might be made in the next round. Often, there is no next round. Churches tend to have unrealistic expectations of success. Innovators make clear that you have to try things out again and again, while making small modifications, to see what works. That is the value of small experiments.”
Intrigued by this idea of small experiments? Please join us this fall to discuss “The Agile Church” as it relates to our journey as a congregation.
And check out this short video about experimentation, “Learn from Failure,” that may relate to our efforts: https://vimeo.com/1034713344
Choose one of two book discussion groups:
- Sundays, Sept. 8, 15 and 22, at First Hour, 9:15 a.m.
- Wednesdays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25, at 6:15 p.m.
We hope you’ll join us for the “adventure of God’s mission.” Sign up for one of the book discussions on the clipboard in the lobby, or sign up online.