- Be sure to consider the tastes and needs only of existing members when planning
- Subject any new idea to tremendous scrutiny and give all members a veto - let old ways and programmes continue indefinitely
- Have more committees than you can possibly manage and make sure they talk a lot and do little - people just love committee work
- Let existing members be as disruptive as they like, but criticize newcomers for the slightest foibles
- All concerns and disagreements should be addressed by talking behind peoples' backs
- It is always a bad idea to spend any accumulated funds - money is for saving
- Don't ask members to give generously to the congregations
- Make sure you keep expectations of commitment to the congregation as low as possible
- Hide the building as best you can and keep things in poor repair - you want to make it look like it went out of business years ago. "The smell doesn't bother us, why should it bother anyone else?"
- If new people turn up, make it clear to them that they will be considered "new" for at least five years and will be welcome to have a say in "how we do things here" after ten, but they will always be considered new if they are not just like "us"
Friday, 3 June 2011
Top ten tips for congregations that don't like change
Judging from the behaviour of congregations of many faiths here in the UK and elsewhere, there is a strong desire to avoid growth and vitality. As you know, I am ever obliging, so I want to offer such congregations a few tips to really make sure they are headed quickly to their goal of irrelevance and a slow conversion to historic relic status...