Decide or Die!

March 10, 2016 by  
Filed under A Monday AM BLOG

Decide or Die! 


The data is irrefutable. The church in America is in decline. That decline is evidenced in both spiritual impotence and declining numbers. Reversing this trend requires a decision. Here are three options that people embrace. I encounter these when working with pastors and church leaders. Where do you stand on this matter?


1.  Denial – this posture ignores reality and concludes no change is needed.


2.  Delay – this posture recognizes the need but postpones a decision indefinitely.


3.  Decide – this posture musters the wisdom & courage to engage the change process.


There is genuine wisdom in addressing the decline early rather than later. The following is a quote from the work of Jim Collins in How The Mighty Fall. I urge my readers to secure this title, read it carefully, and apply the principles his research has developed.  He makes a cogent case for avoiding the ravages of delay in making critical organizational decisions. The future existence of the organization depends on wise, prudent, and timely decision making.


I’ve come to see institutional decline like a staged disease – harder to detect but easier to cure in the early stages, easier to detect but harder to cure in the later stages. An institution can look strong on the outside but already be sick on the inside, dangerously on the cusp of a precipitous fall. (p. 5)




When you make a decision, you can do one of two things. You can spend a lot of time, effort and energy considering what it would have been like if you had made a different decision and searching the internet for more tips on decision making processes. Or you can spend that time, effort and energy on making your decision work. You get to decide.


So, will you Decide or Die?

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