The biggest obstacle for most stuck small group ministries? I think it's what Cynthia Barton Rabe refers to as "the paradox of expertise." Rabe, a former strategist at Intel, points out that:
"What we know limits what we can imagine. When it comes to innovation, the same hard-won experience, best practice, and processes that are the cornerstones of an organization's success may be more like millstones that threaten to sink it." (Practically Radical, p. 72)
Think about it. If you're stuck at a certain level, how frequently do you find yourself or a member of your team pointing out the reasons you need to keep doing "the things that are working?" How often do you find yourself thinking, "We have these parts figured out (leader development, coaching, placing members, etc.). We know just about everything there is to know about "x."
Sound familiar? Could it be that it is actually the best practices and processes that are keeping you from discovering the mold-breaking innovation that will completely change what's possible? Are some of grouplife's axiomatic beliefs actually preventing your ministry from doing what it could do?
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