Improve, don’t simply replace

If you have to sub-in for someone, or something breaks and you need to replace it, don’t just replace it, improve it.
What you have is an opportunity that rarely comes along. An opportunity to provide for the future and help takes steps forward.
If a sign breaks, take the opportunity to get a bigger one.
If you get to run a kids church class for a week, take the opportunity to make it great – better than it usually is.
Just trying to keep the status quoe usually means the stays quoe drops. Everything else is growing (under god) so if your doing the same thing as 4 years ago, it’s behind.

To make an overall improvement, start with just one thing

If you want to improve something in your ministry, say your public meetings, or the content of your bible studies, don’t think that the only way to do it is by a massive overhaul.

Sometimes, quality has slipped over time. Or maybe it was never there. Sometimes, there hasn’t been a solid biblical foundation laid out to encourage people putting effort into it.

But sometimes, if you want to see something improve, you just need to start with one aspect. The quality of the public prayers, the quality of the kids talk, the quality of the music, the outline, etc.

Of course we’d like all those things to be great, but by working hard at improving one of these aspects, it will cause all the others to ‘lift their game’ so to speak.

We noticed this at NextStep. Our membership team improved the event, the process, the talks, until we got to the point where the booklet didn’t ‘fit’ with the quality of everything else. So we took the opportunity to make the booklet amazing. Fully colour printed, beautifully designed. Looks tops!

Guess what happened next…

All the other aspects of NextStep got put under the microscope to get them to match the quality of the booklet. All the content got re-evaluated, and there’s so many changes to make for the next one.

Do one aspect well, watch the others rise to the challenge.