Middle of the Road Churches

William C. Taylor writes in his new book, Practically Radical:

        “Imagine any and every field possible. There are so many brands, so many choices, so many claims, so much clutter, that the central challenge is for an organization or an individual is to rise above the fray. It’s not good enough anymore to be “pretty good” at everything. You have to be the most of something: the most elegant, the most colorful, the most responsive, the most accessible.

        For decades, organizations and their leaders were comfortable with strategies and practices that kept them in the middle of the road—that’s where the customers were, so that’s what felt safe and secure.
Today, with so much change and uncertainty, so much pressure and new ways to do things, the middle of the road is the road to nowhere.
        As Jim Hightower, the colorful Texas populist, is fond of saying, “There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.”
        We might add: companies and their leaders struggling to stand out from the crowd, as they play by the same old rules in a crowded marketplace.
        Are you the most of anything?”

        In these paragraphs, you can replace the words “field”, “organizations”, and “companies” with the word “church”.  Query: Are we content with a church that looks, acts, worships, and reaches (or doesn’t reach) people the same as every other church in our market?  
I believe it is time to get the church out of the middle of the road.  Stretch!  Squeeze!  Move!  Change!  Reach!  Focus!  Simplify!  Prioritize!  Be the Most!
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