There was a day when I used to jump on every cultural or church leadership bandwagon. I’d go to a conference, read a book, listen to a podcast or experience something at a another church…and run back to Compass Point to implement it. There were times when I’d notice some cultural fad, a new clothing style, listen to the hot new band or see the latest movie…and try to use elements from it at Compass Point. The problem is…those efforts almost always fell flat. Sometimes it was because it didn’t fit the culture of our church. Other times it was just too cheesy to work any place but where it was successful. There were cases where it just created complexity in the simple core value we strive for. Most times…it was because God didn’t lead Compass Point or me there…just my own insecure desires to see growth at any cost.
Things changed for me when I read this quote from Steve Job, CEO of Apple:
I’m actually as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. The clearest example was when we were pressured for years to do a PDA, and I realized one day that 90% of the people who use a PDA only take information out of it on the road. They don’t put information into it. Pretty soon cellphones are going to do that, so the PDA market’s going to get reduced to a fraction of its current size, and it won’t really be sustainable. So we decided not to get into it. If we had gotten into it, we wouldn’t have had the resources to do the iPod. We probably wouldn’t have seen it coming.
As the Senior Pastor and main visionary for Compass Point God has called me…us…to first and foremost…be true to our calling…true to who we are. What works at another church is great…and God bless them for doing it…but probably will not work at Compass Point because He is calling us to a different journey. What is cool and hip…fades very quickly….constantly chasing it is a slippery slope. I wonder how many churches are sitting on stacks of Silly Banz in the shape of their logo this year? God didn’t call us to this year’s coolest hair cut or what worked at another church…he called us to be who we are…to reach people far from God for Him…and not to jump on every bandwagon.