I Am Persuaded

“Love is the uniting bond of perfection.”

Maybe It’s a Problem With the Bowl

Posted by Timothy D. Lee on 4 June 2007 (Monday)

John Jantsch at the Duct Tape Marketing Blog likens business growth to a goldfish bowl — goldfish only grow to the size of their bowls. As I read his post, I began to wonder if some of these same principles could be applied to churches. Have we limited the “bowl” with which God can bless us? He claims that growth cannot be achieved simply by doing more of what you’re doing now.

  • you must grow your definition of what’s possible
  • Too often we forget the words of Jesus in Mark 10.27: “But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.'” (All Bible quotes in this post are from the New King James Version

  • you must be confidently willing to charge much more than you do currently
  • Are we sitting back in fear instead of going forward in faith? 2 Timothy 1.7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

  • you must clearly raise your sites on what makes an ideal client for your firm
  • This one is more applicable in business, but in our case, God has given us an ideal to reach for. That doesn’t mean that we don’t allow people in because they’re not perfect, but we keep pointing them to Jesus, who is perfect, and who can work in our lives so that we overcome sin through His power.

  • you must be fearless in developing strategic partnerships with much larger organizations
  • This is one area that the Seventh-day Adventist Church has an advantage, if our churches will take advantage of it. In our local conference, many of the churches never turned in evangelism plans for the conference subsidy. The deadline was extended several times, when the money should have been allocated on the first call. Work with the conference, the union, or the General Conference to help with ministries.

  • you must re-evaluate how you go to work each day and what you make a priority
  • What is the priority of the church? Now, look at what the church actually does and where the money goes? What is the real priority of the church? Does there need to be some adjustment?

  • you must enjoy swimming in open water, trusting that the other side of the tank will appear!

This goes back to that go in faith thing I mentioned earlier. We’re supposed to be catching fish — and there are more fish to catch in the middle of the water!

Thanks to Lifehack.org for the link.

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