Pruning your programs to grow



Maybe there’s a lesson or two to be learned from one of television’s most popular reality shows, “Hoarders.” Think about discarding a few of the things that aren’t working anymore. Not only will you create space to try new things, but you’ll also give God more room to work.

The A&E show “Hoarders” examines the lives of people whose inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are in crisis. The show uses a therapist, an organizer and an army of people and dumpsters to address the thought patterns that caused the problems. Some recover. Others do not.

Some of us may know folks who tend to stockpile possessions or hold on to them far past their prime. Churches aren’t immune from the “compulsion to cling” either. Too often, our churches accumulate a mass of unused, unneeded and outdated “treasures” in storage spaces.

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