What strategies will emerge from your temporary way of doing things and become permanent once the curve is flattened and things begin to return to normal (or the new normal? Note: Semi-permanent is a better term.
Or to put it another way, which of the workarounds you are currently using will be so effective and helpful that...
- when your church can gather on campus on the weekends, and
- when your groups can meet together in homes, and
- when you can hold small group connections and start new groups at on-campus events, and
- when you can invite guests to stop by your actual Guest Central
...you'll continue to adopt one or more of the workarounds because they help you do things more effectively?
Have you thought about this yet?
If you haven't thought about this yet, you should.
After all, game-changing innovation happens when constraints are seen not as obstacle, but as vantage points for new perspectives. And as we know, in the words of Alan Kay, "perspective is worth 80 IQ points."
After all, game-changing innovation happens when constraints are seen not as obstacle, but as vantage points for new perspectives. And as we know, in the words of Alan Kay, perspective is worth 80 IQ points. Click To Tweet
So how will we know what changes, workarounds or innovations should become permanent?
My suggestion is that the major pieces of our pre-coronavirus strategies ought to be evaluated through the lens of the 4 Helpful Lists. The set-up will most likely be, "In light of what we've experienced and now know about our ministry, what is right, wrong, missing and confused?" See also, 4 Helpful Lists (from the Intentional Churches toolbox).
The key to making the jump and not simply snapping back to the previous methods and strategies (regardless of actual effectiveness), is the courage to have brutal honesty about new realities.
Innovation, doing things differently, will require great courage. But then, "great innovation only happens when people aren't afraid to do things differently." Georg Cantor.