I’m a procrastinator… an extreme procrastinator. To procrastinate is an action, but procrastination has become an ingrained mindset and way of life for me. It didn’t bother me for a long time, because it didn’t have any serious consequences and it worked as a means by which to achieve my goals. Pretty recently, though, this way of living started to feel really heavy. I started to loose control of it, and it gained control over me. I realized that this way of doing things didn’t actually match up with my goals anymore- getting an “A” didn’t matter as much as actually learning from the class. But the procrastinating mindset had become the only way I knew to get things done. The result: a violent clash between my actual goal and my deep-seated habits. It is so frustrating to want to live into one’s new goal, but to realize that change is so hard. My mentor once lovingly pointed out that it is literally insane behavior to keep doing the same thing over and over, and expect a different result.
Statistically, churches in America are dying at a faster annual rate than being born. Christianity is on the decline. The way the church does things in America isn’t working. We’ve realized this, but we are stuck doing things according to old habit. We cannot expect different results and keep doing church the same way. Something must change in the church. We must remember that we are a sent people, and ask what it means to be a sent people. What does it look like to be a missional church? How did Jesus disciple his followers? We need to learn how to train the people to be a sent people.