How can there be progress without change?

How can there be progress without change?

Meet Status Quo Moe

In my last blog post, I presented how changes that come out of necessity are not necessarily innovation.

Today, I want to talk about a composite of several people I know who work in companies I’ve been a part of.

Let me introduce you to “Status Quo Moe.”

You may already know Moe but let me tell you about the Moe I know.

Not only has Moe worked with me in some of the companies I have worked with, but he also works at some of the churches I know. Sometimes he volunteers there too. Status Quo Moe is not quite omnipresent but does get around.

One of the first things you will learn about Moe after you meet him is that Moe is a creature of habit.

He does not like change; especially if it changes how he does his job. Change requires too much energy, too much work and introduces too much risk to the system of how things currently operate in his world.

Yet, at the same time, you might hear Moe complain that the church is not making progress in attracting more of the new people moving into the community.

Or that he is concerned because so many young adults leave the church never to return once they leave for college.

Or perhaps he is confused why people do not attend as often as they used to even though the Sunday morning has become more of a performance with an audience instead of a community of people helping each other as they experience the ups and downs that life presents.

Kind of confusing, right?

How can there be progress without change?

  • Progress requires change.
  • Progress is change for the better.

But you won’t get much of an argument from Moe because he does not like conflict.

In fact, Moe is a conflict avoider.

Unfortunately, the entire staff suffers from an underlying uneasiness because the organization’s culture would rather have artificial happiness in place of an authentic harmony. Because conflict, even healthy conflict, can be just too painful for some to endure.

Don’t get Moe wrong, Moe loves conflict resolution, but it’s never achieved because no one takes it upon themselves to voice and facilitate a discussion around the issues and then plan out a set of steps to resolve the problems working towards a better outcome.

Do you know any Moes?

In the technology world, it’s not the direct competitors that are hard to deal with. Many of them may not even have a competing solution.

The really hard part of helping organizations move forward is fighting the status quo, the organizational entropy, associated with those famous words, “We have always done it like that around here.”

The society we live in is changing very rapidly.

Many churches have been greatly behind the technology curve. They have been hesitant to embrace the value of data over these last few years: have no data strategy and no data collection strategy to support it.

Many have limited information about what people want and need, who they really are, what challenges they are facing.

I have several Christian friends who no longer go to church, but get their spiritual needs met through other channels. Why? Because they see no value in the church experience.

People are rethinking their time spent and whether it is worth it for them, because they realize they only have so much time.

Some churches are at the point that if they do not do something different quickly, they will continue to slowly die and then suddenly be gone. We think that would be a shame.

Ask how we can help reverse the tide and get your church back on track so that Status Quo Moe is Status Quo NoMo.

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