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The Straitjacket of Conventional Thinking

Want to connect people you’re not currently connecting?  Then you need to do things you’re not doing now.  Obvious…right?  After all, if what you’re currently doing worked, at least to the degree you need it to, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

What’s keeping you from doing things you’re not doing now?  Conventional thinking.  After all, everyone knows you need to be in a group before you can lead a group.  Right?  And everyone knows you need to be a member before you can lead a group.  And while we’re on the subject, doesn’t everyone know you need to be a really mature Christian before you lead a group?

I mean really, don’t you really want to be 100% sure that there’s no possibility of even a slight possibility that there could be any POSSIBILITY of a small group leader leading an innocent sheep astray?  Come on…right?

Let me tell you something.  Every one of those thoughts are examples of conventional thinking.  They’re not an example of biblical absolutes.  Just the way we’ve always done it.

In some ways, like being in a straitjacket.

Want to escape the straitjacket?  I really like the way Gary Hamel describes the challenge of escaping the straitjacket of conventional thinking.

“To escape the straitjacket of conventional thinking, you have to be able to distinguish between beliefs that describe the world as it is, and beliefs that describe the world as it is and must forever remain (p. 131, The Future of Management).”

Got on a straitjacket?  What conventional thinking do you need to shed?  You can click here to jump into the conversation.

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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.