Years of weather and wear were showing on our facility. We raised money to do exterior repairs, put on a fresh coat of paint and give the entire facility a facelift. But in a few short months, the cracks in the stucco that had been repaired returned. Support beams started cracking and crumbling more significantly than before and much of the work we had completed was for naught. We called in more construction experts and we were given some alarming and difficult news. The issues with our building were not just cosmetic. Our facility woes were the result of an inadequate and failing foundation. We had spent thousands of dollars on much needed exterior repairs, however, the exterior repairs would be worthless if we did not work on the issue that was unseen…a failing foundation. Read more!
The road of church leadership is marked by potholes too numerous to count. Most are small ones. Step in one and it hurts a bit for a while, and then you move on – hopefully wiser for the misstep. Some are far more serious: like a change implemented clumsily creating unnecessary opposition and angst; a loudly promoted initiative that fails due to poor planning; or a poor staff choice resulting in a “divided house” with their “fans” pitted against you and your board.
Then there’s the “Mother of all Potholes.” It’s deep and difficult to get out of. It’s different from all the rest of the potholes because it’s movable! It goes wherever you go. It’s always just a step away. We all step in it from time-to-time, some more often than others. And the consequences of stepping in it are significant, sometimes even debilitating. Read more!