We just had the Purpose Driven Church Conference at Saddleback. There were thousands of pastors who came to learn and grow. I was talking with one whose question was really good.
How can we possibly make sure groups don’t go crazy? I mean, we have so many scattered all over the place. We don’t want them going off the rails theologically or practically. Is that possible?
The answer to that is so easy. Yet the answer is also the most difficult answer in groups.
However, you can build the infrastructure in such a way that gives support, care, and guardrails to leaders and groups that and helps direct them toward the end in mind. But at the end of the day, you can never guarantee perfection. Here’s a Saddleback-ism you can take to the bank:
You can structure for control, or you can structure for growth. But you can’t structure for both at the same time.
If you want control, you can have it. But it comes at the expense of growth.
If you want growth, you can have it. But it comes at the expense of control.
So at the end of the day, there’s no way to guarantee…Continue Reading