Myth Management

In the work of starting Crossroads United Methodist Church, I find there are many differing opinions about how things ought to be done or should be done. Some of those differences are a matter of timing, resources, or convictions. Others are merely opinions and in some cases myths. We ought to be a little thoughtful in managing what we build our decisions and leadership on.

Myths make great bed time stories and can even teach some principles but they do not make a foundation to build an organization, church, or business. Data and tendencies are helpful but when it comes right down to it, it is real work that matters.

Guy Kawasaki featured Scott Shane in a recent blog entitled, Top Ten Myths of Entrepreneurship. His list of myths related to start-ups includes...

- It takes a lot of money to finance a new business.
- Venture capitalists are a good place to go for start-up money.
- Most business angels are rich.
- Most entrepreneurs start businesses in attractive industries.
- The growth of a start-up depends more on an entrepreneur’s talent than on the business he chooses.
- Most entrepreneurs are successful financially.
- Many start-ups achieve the sales growth projections that equity investors are looking for.
- Starting a business is easy.

Today I spent the day in Cumming, GA with the folks at Sitting in a room each month with 10-12 pastors starting churches presents a case study to most of these myths as they apply to start-up churches.

To this point, I've not met a pastor who has started a church because they thought it would be easy or to become financially independent. As we talked about it today, I was reminded it is because we've come to know the grace of God that we seek to live like Jesus, love like Jesus and to help other people live like Jesus and love like Jesus. (Kudos to David Putnam for that one!)

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:33-34 NASB)

May I Ask: What myth(s) have you discovered you have been listening too? How has your life changed since that discovery?

May I Suggest: Find some "myth managers", people you trust, and give them permission to point out myths in need of some management.


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