Reasons Not to Over-Program a Church

Posts from PCRT are forthcoming once I have time (finals and travel make it tough to blog thoughtfully). In the meantime, I thought these thoughts were worth re-publishing. Ten reasons not to over-program your church, linked from JT to Jared Wilson:

  1. You can do a lot of things in a mediocre (or poor) way, or you can do a few things extremely well.
  2. Over-programming creates an illusion of fruitfulness that may just be busy-ness.
  3. Over-programming is a detriment to single-mindedness in a community.
  4. Over-programming runs the risk of turning a church into a host of extracurricular activities, mirroring the “Type-A family” mode of suburban achievers.
  5. Over-programming dilutes actual ministry effectiveness.
  6. Over-programming leads to segmentation among ages, life stages, and affinities, which can create divisions in a church body.
  7. Over-programming creates satisfaction in an illusion of success; meanwhile mission suffers.
  8. Over-programming reduces margin in the lives of church members.
  9. Over-programming gets a church further away from the New Testament vision of the local church.
  10. Over-programming is usually the result of un-self-reflective reflex reactions to perceived needs and and an inability to kill sacred cows that are actually already dead.

One thought on “Reasons Not to Over-Program a Church

  1. Huge amen to this!I think it's also important to help people to not overprogram their lives. Otherwise, you'll have a church that is not overprogrammed but their lives still are; end result, the people are still busy but not about the Father's business.

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