Rhythms and Response

In the post-Covid world surrounding church leaders, we’ve found ourselves wanting to adjust to a “new normal.”

I’ve heard many times just the week about “Rhythms of people have changed” or “People don’t have time to go to church.”

While these sound accurate on the surface, I assure you they’re irrelevant at minimum and wrong at worst.

First, “not having time” is an ancient excuse for anyone to say about something in which they no longer perceive value. They have time for sports, TV, exercise, to sleep in, kids, vacations, work, and more TV. They perceive and receive more value from those than from church. And I can understand that thinking. The point is, though, that the leader can largely dictate value. I

Post-Covid has many church leaders excited to “get back to normal.” Why? Now you’re right back to the same thing you did 18 months ago that also wasn’t working. Why do that again? It’s no wonder then that people don’t perceive value. They’ve seen that episode, heard that song, and gotten all they want from it.

On the other hand, “the rhythms of people have changed” isn’t a complete thought either.

The leader can dictate rhythms, the people can provide a response.

The problem comes when the leader defers the rhythms they know to be needed and true to the people who have a response. So who’s the visionary? The people or the leader?

If you’re to build a church, set the rhythms. If you’re to raise a family, set the rhythms.

And people will respond in their own way, hopefully positively to you. But if not, don’t change to chase someone’s response. You’re not for sale (or shouldn’t be). It’s very common that people leave church (and other organizations) when the vision gets murky, the value disappears, and the leaders practically gets antsy to purchase “likes” from the masses.

Don’t be that guy.

You set your own rhythms. People respond.