Do you remember a time in your life when you had to rethink the direction of your life? Most of us don’t take the time to rethink the direction of our life. This is true for some leaders in organizations. They don’t take the time to reconsider what the long-term consequences are if they don’t adjust to the ever-changing context in which they find themselves. If the changes taking place outside of an organization are much quicker than the adjustments the organization is making to meet those external changes, then the organization is not keeping pace and will soon find itself becoming more and more ineffective.
The shifts taking place in our world and in our culture demand that we too must make adjustments in our thinking and in the way in which we fulfill our purpose. Without such shifts in our thinking and in the way in which we fulfill our purpose, we will be irrelevant and ineffective because the external changes will exceed our internal changes.
Associations must adapt to meet current and future challenges if they are to survive and even thrive in the future. The historical design of Associations was successful to meet the challenges of its time. A new paradigm of thinking is needed in each generation.
If the changes in the world around us exceed the adaptations within any given organization, then that organization is moving toward ineffectiveness and insignificance. This is a stark reality, which is facing all Associations in the United States.
The vast majority of Associations have not made the transition into a new paradigm. Such Associations seem to be trapped in a time warp of the past. The future does not look bright for such Associations. As one SABA pastor recently stated, “we must make adjustments or we might not exist in 10 years.” With so many changes taking place in our culture and world, the Association must rethink its future.
The purpose of the local Association is to connect, encourage, and support churches as they are obedient to the Great Commission and the two Great Commandments.