Myopia prohibits many long-tenured congregational members from seeing the long-term benefits of new vision.
Many longer-tenured members are nearsighted. They are myopic. Part of this may be their age. They are thinking in shorter life stages. They’re not sure they should buy green bananas.
Just as they want to conserve principal and not take risks with their retirement funds, they are not open to a bold new vision for their congregation. They would prefer to preserve the accomplishments of their congregation, pay off any existing debt and certainly not take on any new risks.
I have tried many ways to unfreeze these people in congregations. The most successful question I have asked that gets them to reframe their position is, “What would you be willing to change to make this the kind of congregation your grandchildren would want to attend?”
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