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Warning: The Next Logical Step is Often the Wrong One

When are you willing to pull the plug on a strategy?  

How many times does a strategy need to have the exact same results before you conclude that it is the wrong strategy?

When are you willing to rethink an assumption? How many times are you willing to profess confusion when the outcome is not what you anticipated?

How often have you begun thinking about the next ministry season and set in motion an almost exact replica of last year’s approach because you always have a small group fair right after Labor Day (complete with a catalog of semester options), or for that matter, you always do a church-wide campaign in the fall (and your existing groups love including new people for those 6 weeks).

I can’t speak for you, but I can say that it’s normal to do again with only slight variation what you’ve done previously. It’s normal. It happens all the time.

And that’s the problem.  

After all, didn’t Einstein persuade us when he said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results”?

If you want different results, you need to change the design.  

And I should add, if you want significantly different results, you’ll need to do more than tweak the design. You’re going to need a different design.

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Mark Howell serves as Pastor of Communities at Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, NV. He founded SmallGroupResources.net, offering consulting and coaching services to help churches across North America launch, build and sustain healthy small group ministries. He spent four years on the consulting staff at Lifetogether and often contributes to ministry periodicals such as the Pastor's Ministry Toolbox and ChurchCentral.com.