Tired of ministering the way you always have? Tired of coloring inside the lines? Tired of seeing the same boring results? Tired of being stuck? Tired of the same old same old?
It's time to be a disruptor. It's time to disrupt what isn't working and pursue new, fresh ministry ideas that are connecting people to God. It's time to shake off the dusty, outdated methods that no longer work and pursue new wine-skins.
We've all heard the statement - "If you do what you've always done, you"ll get what you've always gotten." For some reading this, you're not satisfied with what you've always gotten. You're ready for more. You're ready for a fresh move of God. You're ready to reach people more effectively. You're ready to disrupt what's not working.
In the past few days, I've been reading about the massive disruptions that Disney World is initiating. Here are a few of the disruptions that are coming. BTW - Disney World is already a huge attraction with four separate theme parks that occupies over 25.000 acres and an annual attendance of 56 million people.
With that amount of success in place, you'd think they would be satisfied and move into maintenance mode. Nope. Not Disney. They are disruptors. They are preparing to make Disney World bigger and more appealing than ever before. They are spending billions of dollars to breathe fresh life into their theme parks. Early estimates say Disney will spend $24 billion on new rides, attractions, hotels, etc. Here are a few examples of the disruptions that are coming.
Epcot - new Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, new Ratatouille ride, Fireworks overhauled
Disneyland France - Frozen” land, “Star Wars” land, Marvel superhero land, “Iron Man” roller coaster
Disneyland Hong Kong - Avengers ride, Ant-Man attraction, “Frozen” land, “Moana” stage show
Hollywood Studios - Mickey Mouse ride, Toy Story land, Star Wars land, “Star Wars” resort
California Adventure - Marvel superhero land, Pixar Pier
A disruptor mindset says "we will live the history of our organization while building its future."
Disruptors honor the past, but they don't live there. They reinvent themselves to stay relevant and effective.
When is the last time you disrupted your ministry? It takes courage. It takes wisdom. It takes careful planning. It takes dynamic communication. It takes guts.
Disney, even with a mammoth budget, is taking a risk by disrupting what is currently in place. They are putting billions of dollars on the table for these new disruptions. But they are confident it will make their parks even more appealing to families.
Are you a disruptor? You can be. Take a risk. Color outside the lines. Formulate and infuse new initiatives into your ministry. Try something you've been contemplating. Turn your attention to the future. Replace what is tired. Redo what is fading. Update what is old. Rethink what you're doing and why you are doing it.
I am not saying it will be easy. People get comfortable over time and don't want to be moved outside their comfort zone. Tradition doesn't like disruption. Shaking up what has been in place for years takes wisdom.
Are you a disruptor? If not, now is the time to start. A year from now, you will be glad you did. And you'll be in good company. Moses was a disruptor. Nehemiah was a disruptor. Elijah was a disruptor. David was a disruptor. Paul was a disruptor. Jesus was a disruptor.
You can be a disruptor.