The First Week

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This was a first week for a lot of things:

My first day at the office.
My first elders meeting.
Olivia's first day of pre-school.
Our first Back-to-School night (for Anna)

And, all things considered, this was a very good week. There were the small things–struggles with setup, email, network, moving, etc. But all the big stuff…family, church, etc., are going great.

I've been haunted all day by one of my favorite quotes. It's from Jim Collins in Good to Great. The opening lines of the book remind me that what is true of business is sometimes true of churches:

Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have
so little that becomes great. We don't have great school principally because we have good schools. We don't have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so  easy to settle for a good life. The vast majority of companies never become great, precisely because the vast majority become quite good–and that is their main problem."

We should always give thanks to God for His blessings, but we should also keep thirsting for the great when it comes to things of the kingdom. Praise God for good churches. Now, let's seek to become great churches as He defines it.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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3 thoughts on “The First Week

  1. Good is never good enough when it comes to God or His church. God is always calling us and there is always more that we could do. There is always room for improvement.

  2. Wonderful post and thoughts.
    You do such a fantastic job with your blog.
    Definately one of my favs.
    Keep up the great work you do.
    You are are making such a kingdom difference.
    Your blog inspires, chanllenges and helps my spiritual life.
    Keep up the great work.
    You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
    I know God has great plans in store for you and ministry.
    Keep trust in Him.
    Have a wonderful week!

  3. Right on. Right on. Right on. My struggle is how you take a church who is entrenched in a culture of “goodness” and make it great? How do you convince people good is not good enough when it comes to the kingdom of God? Honestly, I don’t know too many church people I’ve ever been around who care all that much to pursue greatness.