One opportunity that we have at The Brook is to simplify! Thom Ranier makes the statement in his book, Simple Church, "As a whole, cluttered and complex churches are not alive." I think it's fair to say that while we may not be a very complex church, we by all means are a bit cluttered! You can reach a point where there are so many things to choose from - so many ministries trying to wrangle, recruit, and accomplish - that people don't know where to start or what to choose. And most often - in this situation - people will choose not to choose. They're left paralyzed.
It's no secret that I'm a minimalist. I'm not sure if it's time, experience, my ADD, or all of the above, but I've gotten to a place where complex just won't cut it for me. Less is more! And this applies in so many ways to so many things. In our case, MORE INFO = LESS CLARITY. Too much info tears the big picture into so many small pieces that vision is hopelessly lost. And bringing it even closer to home, more ministries, more events, more teams, the more more more we add of this and that to the picture...CLARITY is forfeited. As the people of God we cannot sacrifice being clear about WHO we are and WHAT the Lord has called us to do.
This clarity we're talking about has to do with being clear about our vision. I'm going to talk more about this in my next post. Until then keep thinking on this idea of less is more. I leave you with Aubrey Malphurs wisdom on this matter: "You won't do ministry that really matters until you define what really matters!" The days ahead at The Brook are about defining what really matters.
Info & Quotes included from Church Unique, by Will Mancini.