Planning another big event at your church will probably make your people more active and bring in more people, but is it really what is best for your church? Consider the following paragraph from W. R. Greg’s Life at High Pressure.
Beyond doubt, the most salient characteristic of life in this latter portion of the 19th century is its SPEED, — what we may call its hurry, the rate at which we move, the high-pressure at which we work;– and the question to be considered is, first, whether this rapid rate is in itself a good; and, next, whether it is worth the price we pay for it–a price rarely reckoned up, and not very easy thoroughly to ascertain. Unquestionably, life seems fuller and longer for this speed–is it truly ricer and more effective? No doubt we can do more in our seventy years for the pace at which we travel; but are the extra things we can do always worth doing? No doubt, we can do more; but is “doing” everything, and “being” nothing.
That was written in the 19th century. How much more might it apply in the 21st century?
The Reveal survey conducted by Willow Creek and churches all across America has revealed one thing very clearly; increased participation in the activities of the church does not translate into increased spiritual well-being. Perhaps the greatest lesson we can learn from the survey is that church staff people need to figure out how to slow down their people and focus on “being” rather than “doing.”
What do you think?