In my coaching and consulting with leaders, I get to hear lots of excuses.Every leaders seems to think it’s more difficult to reach people in their community and context. Leaders are always quick to list a number of reasons why their church is not growing as fast as other churches and seek to make excuses as to why they won’t be able to do anything as significant in their community, as others have done in theirs.
Below are some common excuses that I hear:
“We don’t have enough money.”
“We don’t have enough staff.”
“We don’t have the facility.”
“I don’t think our people would go for that.”
“We’ve tried that and it didn’t work.”
Can you see how these statements could simply be attempts to excuse ourselves from what God is calling us to be and do in our church? Can I challenge you? This year, don’t think EXCUSES. Think POSSIBILITIES. How? There are two more words that mark the difference between EXCUSES AND POSSIBILITIES. They are FAITH and RESPONSIBILITY.
Do you know what we need? We need the faith to believe in ourselves as much as God believes in us! He doesn’t make mistakes. He put us where we are for a reason! We need to take RESPONSIBILITY to step up and be the man or woman of God, and the church Jesus wants us to be right where we are! If we aren’t faithful with what we have, why would God give us more?! However, if we would take responsibility to bloom wherever we’ve been planted and be faithful with what we’ve been given now, God might entrust us with more! That’s what the Gospels say. Don’t think EXCUSES. Think POSSIBILITIES. It could make all the difference in our ministries this year.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
-Ephesians 3:20–21 (NIV)
By the way, I love to consult with leaders and their teams and help them mpove from excuses from possibilities. I would love to do that with you and your team! Drop me a line and let me know how you think I might help you!