Updated: Jun 4, 2019
The simple believe everything, but the prudent give thought to his steps. Proverbs 14:15
Some believe the past is in the past and can no longer help us. Others understand the past can be our teacher. Gregg Donaldson, (a retired pastor and friend), used to say, "Past performance is the best indicator of future performance."
Because I want to reach more people with the gospel I recently began to ask the question, why has our attendance plateaued? Is it my leadership style or teaching ability. Do we have a staffing issue I've overlooked? Is it our location?
"The prudent give thought to his steps" means more than just being careful what steps you take next. It can also mean the steps you have taken can help you know what to do in the future.
Reviewing past attendance patterns lead me to believe we have physical barriers that make it difficult for new people to attend. By considering the past, I was able to see what steps to take in the future.
I believe in a few years; I will look back at this moment and thank God for being patient with me as I learn how to lead His Church.
If you don't like where you are at today, or you feel lead in a different direction, consider the steps you have taken, learn from them. A take different steps in the future.