“Hi, Mary.  I see your house is up for sale.”

“Hi, David.  Yeah, we’ll miss you and Kelsie as neighbors.  It’s just time for us to downsize.”

“Is it hard for you to move?” asked David.

“In a way,” Mary responded.  “Yes and no.  We’ll miss the neighborhood.  It’s a lot of work to move.  But we’ve moved several times with Bob’s job, so we’re kind of used to it.  Besides, if you move every 10 years or so, it’s a great way to clean out the clutter that accumulates in the garage, the attic, and the closets.”

David thought about his church.  He thought about the old, worn-out hymnals in the basement closet; the Christmas tree decorations nobody uses anymore.  And the flannel graph – “like we’re ever going to use that again,” he thought.  “Why does so much clutter accumulate around the church?”

This clutter in the church is a symbol for something much greater:  the clutter of activities that accumulate in a church.  It is a deterrent to effective mission.  Remember when Jesus sent out the disciples, and told them to travel light? (Luke 10:4.)  The church has drifted a great distance from that approach!  How did we get there?  What do you think? Can you relate?

Read more in the May/June 2012 Church Doctor Report.

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