Insight 182: FaithSoaring Churches Differentiate Between Sacred Cows and Fruitful Traditions

While congregations seeking to transform are willing to address and eliminate sacred cows, they are also able to differentiate between sacred cows and fruitful traditions. Queen and Davis in Hopeful Imagination [2014] put it this way: “Not all traditions are sacred cows that need to be put out to pasture. Many traditions have endured for a long-term for good reason: they are meaningful and fruitful.” [83]

The challenges in this differentiation include defining the difference between a sacred cow and a fruitful tradition, and describing the difference to people who hold fast to non-fruitful traditions that have become sacred cows.

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