“If you want to kill passion in a ministry…

…call it a program and assign a committee to run it.”
–the late Richard Rogers, SIBI instructor, during his class on Contemporary Religious Thought

Then there is this quote I came across yesterday in Radical Restoration by F. Lagard Smith:
“The more exciting new programs a church plugs into, the more likely it is that there’s a lifeless body being kept alive on artificial life support. We keep thinking that if we just stick a few more tubes into the body, no one will notice that the patient is virtually dead.”

There’s much I’d like to say along these lines, but for now, I’ll just let you wrestle. If your first reaction to either was to object, read them again, pray, and repeat until the “buts” stop coming.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Church of Christ and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to “If you want to kill passion in a ministry…

  1. Jim Martin says:

    James,

    What a great quote from Richard Rogers! That is so very, very true. That one is a keeper!

Share your thoughts.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s