Yesterday I shared a link to a post by Seth Godin discussing the fact that if we’re to innovate we’re necessarily going to annoy 2% of the people using our product or service.
A response via Twitter countered that if you annoy more than 10% as a minister you are probably in search. I think that numbers probably too high. It doesn’t take too many people to start a witch hunt, especially when there is change and innovation to point to. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place…
When I was growing up the minister of our congregation rated how successful his newspaper columns were by the amount of hate mail they generated. That works with the newspaper, not so much for the congregation.
Its easier to get into the sort of trouble mentioned above when you don’t have a vision that has captivated, energized and enlisted members and friends. My favorite description of productive church visions states that the right vision is like an energy field that encompasses all of congregational life. It aligns time, energy, resources, worship, social justice and other ministries, while at the same time repelling negativity like its a force field.
That sort of vision takes great leadership, process and dedication. Without vision advancing and protecting our ministry, it is easy for our leadership to fall victim to the 2%.
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