Insight 037: FaithSoaring Churches Eliminate Pain Rather Than Just Alleviate Pain
It is not possible to become a FaithSoaring Church by shallow alleviation of pain rather than in-depth elimination of pain. Here are two applications. First, when congregations engage in ministry, it is not enough to simply provide food for the poor and thus alleviate their hunger. They must also seek to eliminate the circumstances that cause people to be hungry.
Second, it is not enough to symbolically rearrange the chairs on the Titanic by engaging in cosmetic fixes that alleviate the congregation’s pain. It is essential to engage in deep transition and change that eliminates the dysfunctional directions of the congregation.