There are few times we decide the system before the journey starts. Often we just go with the flow and then wonder why stuff got to where we are.
That matters in the church because as a pastor, I should be helping the church turn into the system of God. Errr, I mean the Kingdom of God. I know, its the people who are broken, not the system. And no system on this side of eternity will be perfect.
Right now, Adam is discussing how to move the church from 100 to 1000. My initial impression is he doesn't know.
Well, thats not fair. He was very intentional and very purpose driven. There were things he did that certainly were intended to grow the church.
But I get the impression things are not as he thought they would happen. For example, he will readily admit that he used to work too much, his marriage suffered, and overall the place he is now is both a result of God's grace and hard work. By hard, I mean lots of work that breaks a person.
Mike at least brought up Jesus first, thats a good place to start.
Another thought, United Methodist pastors need to move so quickly in church growth, the system loses its ability to move you. Call me cynical.