Today’s Reading – Luke 16-17
Along those lines, I recently received this promising e-mail:
The sad thing is good, God-loving people fall prey to these and other scams daily! Apparently we aren’t shrewd enough to recognize a scam when it comes our way. Likewise we aren’t real good and recognizing good practices when they come our way either.
I love the story Jesus tells in the passage today because it comes with one of those lines that catches you off guard.
For too long now, the church has acted with fear with regards to anything that comes along that resembles the world’s business practices. The problem is there are some really good practices the church could learn from.
A few years ago the United Methodist Church asked all churches to set goals and implement a S.M.A.R.T. action plan. This is a process that is being used throughout the business sector to reinvigorate corporations and help them achieve their goals.
The problem is we have church leaders and pastors that are approaching this with fear and dread as if to say that business practices are invading the church!
I say until we (the church) develop practices for achieving our goals that are worthy of being duplicated by the business sector, let’s take their best practices and shrewdly make them our own.
I think God would approve and I know the church will be better off in the years to come because we acted shrewdly in setting and achieving our goals.