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Think, reflect, act

In a recent article in The Economist, a journalist drew a distinction between “casual dining” and “fast casual dining”.  One of the differences between the two is that fast casual dining implies a quicker, more rapid dining experience without all the trappings and expense of a casual dining experience.  Now who isn’t for reducing costs and time spent on meals?  However, what one loses in “fast casual dining” is the slower pace which promotes conversation, engagement and enjoyment.vapiano_450x300

Translate that idea into our context?  Many of us are running at full throttle in our ministry.  We’re definitely into a “fast casual ministry activity”.  What we are missing, though, is time to slow down, think and reflect on what we are doing.  Pulling back in this way might actually give us new ideas, other approaches, or a fresh perspective on all that we are doing.

Here’s the catch: just as a ‘fast casual’ approach takes away reflection time, a ‘casual’ approach can keep us from doing something with what we discover in our reflection time.  We need more time to think and reflect.  We also need time to apply or implement what we learn in those moments apart.

The Vision Forward 2014 conferences are meant to be times where we step away from our current ministries to think, reflect and pray in community on the implications of our global vision.  Once we leave those conferences, the work is only half done.  The challenge once we leave is to prayerfully work to put into practice what God has shown us through our time together in community.

Think, reflect and act.

 

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