It’s not uncommon to find, in any church, closets full of old stuff. I peered into one recently where everything was neatly stacked and labelled: those old Sunday School posters where every bible character wore pink or blue. The filmstrip projector and the tiny cannisters of film. The cassette tapes of jolly children’s music used at some Vacation Bible School in the 70’s. My heart broke just a bit, seeing the care someone had taken to store these items.
If it is difficult to let go of old “sacred objects”, how difficult is it to discontinue programs that are no longer feeding the flock or spreading the good news?
I sometimes think that, by ending a program like the sparsely attended soup supper that Irene has run for centuries, we may open up a door to something new. And better! Is it possible that doing less could lead to greater vitality?
Here’s an article out of the United Methodist Church that likens pruning programs to the hoarder who finally cleans out his closet.
Have you pruned any programs or sacred objects from your ministry lately? How did it go?
Thanks to Rev. Matt Sauer for sharing the article with me on Facebook!