Post #1: Getting Unstuck
This blog series will inspire discussion for members of our Called to Lead Groups (Youth leaders and Christian educators in covenanted support and accountability groups.) and anyone else who wants to read the book Faith Formation 2020 by John Roberto with us over the course of the next few months. In October, we will focus on the introduction and Chapter 1 of the book.)
Too often people in churches get stuck in one of two kinds of thinking – denial and fear. We deny that anything in the world and the church are changing; We deny that the church continues to lose members and participants; We deny that the community around us is getting less and less interested in institutional religion. On the other hand, we fear. We fear the realities that contribute to the decline of the church. We then often become friends with fear’s cousin, blame. We start to point fingers at all the problems out of our control rather than thinking creatively about how we might buy augmentin tablets adapt to these circumstances.
In the first chapter of John Roberto’s Faith Formation 2020, he invites readers to think in scenarios. Scenarios help us at once think about current reality and how we might navigate the challenges and opportunities through long-term thinking and incorporating short-term solutions. “At their most basic, scenarios help people and congregations order and frame their thinking about the long term while providing them with the tools and confidence to take action soon. At their most powerful, scenarios help people and organizations find strength of purpose and strategic direction in the face of daunting, chaotic, and even frightening circumstances.” (Roberto, pg. 7)
Scenario thinking stops us from getting stuck in denial, blame and fear. Instead, people can look at reality for what it is and make plans for adapting to it, even recognizing some of the challenges as opportunities for growth.
How can your church engage in scenario thinking? What can you do to start conversations that look long-term while also moving forward with short-term plans?