When was the last time you set out to do something that you knew you couldn’t do? Ever attempted something that, in order for it to happen, would require miraculous outside intervention? In business this happens all the time. There are risks because no business plan, no matter how good, can account for or control every variable. Even sporting events are often decided by a funny bounce, a lucky roll, or a highly unlikely combination of events.
What about church? What risky things do churches do? When do churches make leaps of faith that require God’s miraculous intervention for success? Perhaps capital campaigns are an example. But I would contend that most things that churches do can be done without God. Of course, we need God for our every breath. But most of the goals we set, the plans we make, are well within our power to accomplish. We don’t need God to achieve them. Does that sound right to you? We are people with the power that created the universe and raised the dead available to us. And we set goals and make plans that require none of it. Think about that.