So don’t aim for quirky, aim for genuine. Quirkiness should never be our goal. But we need to celebrate it when it happens as the byproduct and the evidence of being genuine.
If you’re a church planter, I want to encourage you to keep the quirky, entrepreneurial spirit alive as long as possible.
Why does it seem like so many church planters are in a rush for their churches to become as dull as the rest of us?
If you have people who are willing to plant a church with you, they’ve already demonstrated that they’re quirkier, bolder and more adventurous than 90% of the population – and maybe 99% of the church population.
Why would we want to stifle that creative, quirky adventurous spirit any sooner than we have to?
Stay Quirky, My Friends
So, to all the quirky churches and their leaders – both new and established – I say this.
Experiment, fail, have fun and stay quirky as long as possible. But above all, stay true to how God made you – and how he called you to minister.
Institutionalism will come. Like an unstoppable virus, it will come. Don’t rush into it. It will rush to you, soon enough.
Yes, it’s more comfortable to be less quirky. And comfort makes for an easier life. It might even build a bigger church. But comfort never makes a great church.
One of the reasons I’m such a fan of small churches is that small churches can stick with being unique, genuine and quirky more easily than big ones.
We can experiment. We can make mistakes. We can learn and grow. So, while you’re small, use your size to your quirky advantage.
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