To improve efficiency, a company hired a consultant, who called a meeting of all shop personnel. Stressing the need to listen to experts, he said, “Imagine you’re on the Titanic, and it’s sinking. You climb into a lifeboat. Which direction would you row?”
Then he asked, “What if you had the ship’s navigator with you? Now which way would you go? You’d row the way the navigator told you to, right?”
There were murmurs of agreement until one fellow in the back piped up, “Well, I don’t know. He’s already hit one iceberg!”
Now, I am not saying that our ship has sunk, but I think we all agree that we are in a season where we need to regroup and see what we can do to make the Sciotoville Christian Church all that she can be.
And one way that we can do that, is to seek advice. As many of you know, we are entering into an agreement with an outside consulting group that is designed to work with churches just like ours. Their goal is not to make a bunch of money off of us, otherwise they would charge us more. No, their goal is the same as ours, to see this church thrive once again, and be able to reach a lost and dying world around us.
Many times in life we find ourselves in need of some good advice. We consult with others about what college to attend, what careers to pursue. Sometimes, we seek counsel to help improve things like our marriages, or our health. Business many times will hire a consulting firm to help them manage their business the best they can. And the same can be said of churches. Sometimes even the church has to seek an outside perspective in order to how to go about making the church as healthy as it can be.
In the book of Proverbs, we are urged to get advice from the wise (1:2-7). And in Proverbs 11:14 it says, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” So, as we move forward with this consulting group, our goal is to seek wise counsel, and to do all that we can do to see the Sciotoville Christian Church thrive. So the question is, will you get on board? Looking ahead, what will you do to help us reach that goal?