Would your church allow you 64 years to complete a project you deemed worthy? Would people stand by and support you as you attempted to make your dream come true if it took decades to do so with no end in sight? More than likely, no.
The Crazy Horse Monument has been under construction since 1948 and is far from being finished. This sculpture is located in the Black Hills of SD. It is a tribute to a Lakota Warrior named Crazy Horse. The tribute is quite the site when viewed from a distance. It becomes even more impressive the closer you get as my family discovered personally a few years back.
The interesting thing about the Crazy Horse Monument is that each stick of dynamite that is used and each tap of the chisel requires an intentional motion by the artist. It's done slowly, methodically, but with the end result in mind. Some may refer to it as creative disruption. A process that will, over time, produce a much needed change.
Change is tough. Change is a necessary part of ministry. Change requires us to be intentional in order for us to be able to offer the highest quality of ministry possible.
Is your ministry in need of some creative disruption? Is there a program/ministry in place that no longer is meeting needs? A "sacred cow" that needs slaughtered?
Where to apply the chisel:
Evaluate all programs each year. Are you doing VBS because it USED to reach out into the community? Could you use funds more effectively elsewhere? Is there another area in which you're not seeing intended results? Grab your chisel.
Evaluate those who serve in ministry. Are your volunteers burned out? Are they excited to serve? Do you need a fresh, new face in one of your areas of ministry? Bust out the dynamite.
Evaluate needs: Is each of your programs/ministries meeting needs? If no, it's time to lovingly chisel it into something new.
Creative destruction is often slow like the progression of the Crazy Horse Monument. In the end, worth every creative tap of the chisel.
Are you willing to pick up the chisel knowing that it may be a while before the sculpture is finished? What sorts of things do you need to apply dynamite to in your ministry?