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Chris Elrod writes:
I truly believe that the onslaught of social media, constant barrage of text messages, unlimited interruptions by email and the perpetual buzzing of a cell phone…has created such a wall of sound in our lives…that we can no longer can hear from God. In the 21st Century the quest for food is no longer the driving force that pulls us from our quest for God.  What pulls us from our quest for God is the quest for…connectivity.  We get distracted from connecting with God to connect with our families through texting, our friends through Facebook and the world through Twitter. We allow our churches to pay for retreats, conferences and events for us to connect with God…yet commit the sin of poor stewardship by spending the entire time with our thumbs flailing on the smartphone keyboard.  We stand in the  pulpit and declare that God has given us a vision and word…yet we never actually hear it because we fail to shut off the computer, smartphone, e-reader or electronic tablet.  We lay awake in fear at night worrying if we are leading our congregations down the wrong road…but not in enough fear to block out the beeps, buzzes, ring tones and pop-up screens.
via The Fast Pastors Really Need « CHRIS ELROD. What do YOU think?  Has social media taken over your life?  Are you addicted?  Should you go on a social media fast?
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My friend Chris Elrod just posted a great story about how his church (Compass Point) is planning, and is intent on being and staying healthy.  According to Chris, Healthy churches produce healthy Christians which makes for healthy outreach and discipleship for the Kingdom of God.  But in order for churches to be healthy, they need to plan.. and plan well. Here are some of the planning steps that Chris suggests:
  1. plan for the vision of the church first and foremost…
  2. keep it simple with only a few actual events each year…
  3. plan far enough in advance to implement well…
  4. plan on having enough finances, volunteers and resources to accommodate…
  5. intentionally plan for spiritual and numerical growth…
  6. plan on God moving mightily…
How does your church plan? Personally, I love #6:  plan on God moving mightily.  I wonder… how many churches really make plans for that?  Should all churches? Take a look at more on how Compass Point has planned for 2010 here at Chris’ blog. What big plans does your church have this year?  And how are you planning on God moving mightiy in your midst? Todd
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