To create space for new growth, you have to release what doesn’t serve the bigger vision.
I recently led New Day Church in a Festival of Gifts and Dreams, a workshop series where members identified their individual gifts and their collective dreams in order to build a more powerful church.
Expansion calls for contraction. To have the bandwidth for new programs, worship services and ministries at New Day, members had to think about what current elements of New Day could be released. For example, the desire to create an eco-justice ministry might mean that another ministry would have to end.
The COMPOST PILE was a great visual tool to help people name specific things that they felt New Day needed to release. Members wrote their ideas on paper banana peels and orange rinds, and stuck them on the pile.
Compost is fertilizer. It creates the rich ground that allows new things to grow. Putting stuff in the compost is not the same as putting it in the trash. It doesn’t mean, “This program we’ve been running is worthless and has no value." Instead, composting suggests that a program or a certain style has given its value, and can now serve as life-giving soil to create something new.
New Day members felt empowered by the opportunity to compost that which they felt was no longer serving their church. I can’t wait to see what grows from the soil!