I am discovering that a church is what the leadership celebrates…or excuses. At Compass Point we are really trying hard to concentrate on defining the “wins” for our church and celebrate those on a regular basis. We want our congregation to embrace the wins, to work hard to create the wins and be blown away…and rejoice…by the blessings of God that provide those wins. We want Compass Point to become the wins that we celebrate.
On the other hand I have found that it is also easy to become the church of the excuses. It’s easy to become so complacent or attached to specific people that you make excuses for mediocrity, lack of discipleship or poor leadership. It’s also easy to be the church that excuses their lack of baptisms, growth or ministry because of the megachurch down the street. Lack of money, lack of resources and lack of leaders becomes a familiar excuse. When the leadership starts making excuses, then the congregation starts making excuses and the whole church becomes one big excuse. Like my grandmother said…excuses are like rear ends…everyone seems to have one…and they usually stink.
I’m constantly asking myself…and have begun asking our leadership…is Compass Point becoming the church that we celebrate…or the church that we excuse?