When we look at what we do as a church, we have to ask some questions that should be obvious but for some reason we often miss. One of those questions is this – are we doing what we are supposed to be doing? More importantly, do we KNOW what we are supposed to be doing?
The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball
Consider the game of baseball. What does a baseball player do? We could say that players catch the ball, hit the ball, throw the ball, run, etc. But the reality is that baseball players do two things – score and prevent the other team from scoring. That’s it.
A baseball team doesn’t even just win games. They can’t win games without scoring more runs than the other team. When you score more points than you let the other team score, you win. Isn’t that deep?
In order to score points, you have to get on base. You can’t score points by catching the ball or pitching really, really impressive fastballs. The only way you score runs is by hitting the ball where the other team can’t catch it and running the bases.
Are We Getting on Base?
As churches and church leaders we have to ask questions about whether we are doing what we’re supposed to be doing. Are we getting on base to score runs? Or are we just swinging the bats and tossing the ball?
Activity is not the same thing as action. We can be doing lots of stuff, but are we accomplishing the mission?