What the Church can learn from CVS and Flappy Bird

Two stories from the past week have caught my eye.

Honestly, you don’t see these kind of stories very often.

Like CVS, the huge pharmacy chain, deciding that it will no longer sell tobacco products.  Tobacco is a 2 Billion dollar business for CVS, but they are walking away from the money, saying that the health of their customers is more important than profits.

Then there’s Doug Nguyen, the Vietnamese developer of a viral mobile game called Flappy Bird.  Flappy Bird because a huge success overnight.  (My kids had me try it on my iPad, and I admit my high score was 1.)  Nguyen abruptly pulled the game from the app stores.  It seems the $50,000 he was making off the app’s ad placements was ruining his ‘simple lifestyle’.

It’s not often that big business walks away from $2 billion.  Or that an individual walks away from an estimated $18 million a year salary.

But both did.  For the right reason.

They took their eyes off the money, and did what was right for their business and for their own personal sanity.

What if the church did this?

Many times church programs are tied to money.

So… here are some questions to ask:

1.  What is our church doing only because of the money?  (Maybe it was a largely successful ministry in the past that is still bringing in the bucks but has lost it’s effectiveness)

2.  What is our church NOT doing because of the month? (This is the opposite side of the coin.  Don’t be foolish, but what is your church NOT doing because you’re SO focused on your pocket-book?

3. What are we offering as a church that is not healthy overall?  (Everything is good, right?  NO!  Some programs take away from time and effort needed to be put into other things. Some high maintenance, high calorie programs need to be replaced with things that directly further the mission and vision of the church).

Take some time today to re-think and re-align what YOU are offering (just like Doug Nguyen and the CEO of CVS did).  What would be different six months or a year from now if you made some bold decisions like this today?



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