Updating Your Furniture

April 18, 2007 by

“The problem is not how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.” -Dee Hock, Visa founder

What old thoughts are in your mind? When you think Sunday mornings, do you start out by thinking “What do we want to change from last Sunday?” or “What do we want to try this Sunday?”

When evangelizing and marketing, maybe we should stop arranging the same archaic furniture in different ways. Maybe we should see every day as a new world and ask ourselves what we furniture we can build to make this world a better place.

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Joshua Cody

Josh Cody served as our associate editor for several years before moving on to bigger things. Like Texas. These days he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, and you can find him online or on Twitter when he's not wrestling code.
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3 Responses to “Updating Your Furniture”

  • Erickyp
    April 18, 2007

    Or how about “Where do we want to go this Sunday?” and “How do we want to get there?”

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  • Mean Dean
    April 24, 2007

    It’s not just Sunday mornings that need to be re-considered and re-factored.
    Too many of our patterns and practices are built around cultural dogma and polity rather than the ever changing (and dare I say emerging) practices of our communities and the congregants (potential and/or existing) surrounding us.
    It is perhaps that is why in some cases we read and hear about individuals going full circle – heading back into various forms of orthodoxy as they see its current implementation more timeless and less bound to the culture.
    It is also perhaps why in my (advocational) domain, church web sites that I see so much cruft – that suggested in the thread, we are merely pushing the worn out old couch from the front wall to the back when what is needed is a row of La-Z-Boys?

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  • Tarida
    February 17, 2008

    Never rearrange archaic things, you can simply throw it out of your mind.

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