Continuing with our book study/review. I skipped to chapter 4 titled "Momentum." Bob writes, "You know when you have it and you know when you lose it." The scientific definition of momentum is a measure of the motion of a body equal to the product of its mass and velocity. I am partial to the definition of momentum in the investment world: "the perceived strength behind a price movement."
As we think about momentum in the church it might be helpful to think about the "perceived strength" behind any kind of movement. Farr believes that momentum, like the movement of the Holy Spirit, cannot be created, only caught. We don't create a wave or the wind but we can notice where it is and ride.
Five steps to catch momentum according to Farr.
1. If you want new momentum, you have to change something.
2. Make the easy changes first.
3. Do best practices and keep doing them.
4. Lead by example.
5. Preach change to get change.
One thing I am learning is that renovation and vitality in our Alaska churches will not happen unless our clergy and lay leaders agree that our old sails are not catching the wind like they once did. Our churches will not change unless our leaders are willing to embrace the changes we need in order to gain spiritual momentum.