You’ve heard it said, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” So is an idle church. Unfortunately, this discovery is made when the church has idled and begins to atrophy spiritually. At that point, it’s infinitely more difficult to get the church to make progress. It works like inertia.
I’m not suggesting Christian workaholism or creating empty activity to create the illusion of movement. I’m also not suggesting the church never needs a rest–a period in which the Body simply builds muscle tissue and recuperates from an intense period of ministry. I saying that many churches that don’t create an ongoing sense of forward progress, defined in Kingdom terms, will struggle with spiritual dysfunction and decline. Churches don’t become selfish and lazy by osmosis. They become selfish and lazy when leadership gets selfish and lazy.