Sunday, March 08, 2009

Contest: the Betamax Awards

This month, I'm opening nominations for the Betamax Awards. These are prizes for terrific ideas that were supposed to revolutionize pastoral ministry . . . but somehow, they never really seem to work out in practice. Examples include:
  • Small groups. For the last 30-years, everyone has agreed they are essential to growth and spiritual nurture. But only a handful of SDA churches have been able to make them work for more than a year or two.
  • Loma Linda University's MPH program for pastors. Training pastors to be health educators was supposed to revolutionize evangelism. So what happened?
  • Rick Warren's The Purpose-Driven Church. Loved the book -- but every SDA pastor I've known who tried to implement its ideas either gave up in discouragement . . . or found a new job. (And yes, this goes for Willow Creek too.)
Contest rules:
  1. You can nominate ideas via the "Comments" for this post, or email them to me at brothers.greg@gmail.com
  2. Please limit your nominations to ideas that have been tried (and found wanting) in the Adventist church.
  3. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, March 31.

1 comment:

Herb Douglass said...

Gregg: you are on to something!! What about copy-cat celebration services? Or mirrow-image Willow Creeks? Or last-day event charts that are continually revised? Or the excitement of changing the name of liberal to progressive? On it goes! Cheers, Herb