Erwin McManus of Mosaic Church

Erwin McManus wrote:

For years, I have made it my mission to destroy the influence of the Christian cliche “The safest place to be is in the center of the will of God,” but just this week my wife Kim introduced me to one of the earlier uses of this adage. It’s found in the diary of Corrie tn Boom (concentration camp prisoner)…And although Corrie lived to tell the story, (her sister, who quoted the adage) Betsy died in the midst of it…Actually, God’s will for us is less about our comfort than it is our contribution. God would never choose for us safety at the cost of significance. God
created you so your life would count, not so that you could count the days of your life..

The Church Comminuication Newtrok sent me an invitation to do a session on leadership at one of their national conferences..I would follow one of the most credible experts…I was hoonred..both excited and nervous as I prepared to follow the main speaker . Somewhere in his lecture he started to say something that totally threw me.. Point blank, he instructed, “Don;t be an innovator, be an early adopter.”
[ed. note, google up “diffusion of innovations” theory if these categories are new to you}

Heraring that created a crisis for me since I place an extremely high value on innovation. At Mosaic{www.mosaic.org}, the community where I serve as lead pastor in Los Angeles, we don’t describe ourselves as a modern church or postmodern church, a contemporary church or enmerging church. The only desription I use is that we are an experimental church. We volunteereed to be God’s R&D Department. Anything He wants us to do that other churches do not want to do or are unwilling to do, we’d like to take on…

The speaker went on to explain that the innovator is the guy who eats the poisonous mushroom and dies. The early adopter is the guy right next to him, who doesn’t have top= eat it. He can learn from the inniovator’s misfortune. Made perfect sense to me. That’s why he’s the man. Curious to me was my perception that he had pretty much been an innovator, the kind of guy who had eaten some pretty bad mushrooms and just happend to live to tell about it.

Before I knew it, it was my turn. Whatever I had planned to talk about was irrelevant to what was banging aroudbn in my head: Should I stop being an innovator?….But my mind wouldn’t stop there: What happened if everyone became an early adopter…Without innovators, who could we depend on to die?

With all this running through my brain, I let my talk go where the lecture and perhaps God’s Spirit guided me. After thanking him for his anazing contribution to the body of Christ and for mentiring me throyu his booksa nd ministry, I went on to thank him for a new metaphor for my life. I am a mushroom eater.

Erwin McManus, The Barbarian Way, p. 51

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