There is a question that has been tossed around (carefully) by our pastoral staff for many conversations. It has various forms in which it is discussed but in its most basic form it comes out in a question like this, “Why is it so much easier to constantly tinker with programs and why is it more difficult to stay on course to invest in relationships.” This is nothing new, I know. Churches constantly feel this tension. I get worried that one day we won’t feel the tension any more because the whole ministry is so program-driven.
Even in the writing of this I know that you may wonder, “What is the difference? People are about programs and programs have people, right?” (more…)