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The Cluttered Church

The Cluttered Church

Out with the bad, in with the good.

Church Juice says churches need to take the advice that Steve Jobs gave to Nike’s CEO:

Jobs told Parker that Nike made some of the best products in the world. Stuff people desire. But they also make a bunch of crap, too. So Jobs said, “Just get rid of the crappy stuff and focus on the good stuff.”

Church Juice continues:

Yet in the church setting, if we’re completely honest with ourselves, there’s still a lot of junk around. There are programs that don’t make sense with our vision. We let them keep going either because were’ too afraid to have the tough conversations of shutting them down or we’re lacking a vision the start out with. God has uniquely gifted individual churches with people who have awesome passion and skills. To be the best stewards of what God has given us, we need to focus on the good stuff. When we are focused as churches, our passions become clearer to the community around us. It becomes easier for us to share our story. In a world where there are plenty of places where people turn for answers, it’s time for the church to become a relevant voice in that mix. And if we’re a cluttered mess, it’s harder to be that relevant voice.

What’s your success been cleaning your church closet?


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