A Season for Everything (Part 2.5)

Matt Norman —  August 18, 2011

Ok, I wrote the first two parts of this 3 part series a year ago. I promised that this would be a three part series, but life got really busy and I never wrote the final piece to this series.  Since so much time has passed, I thought I would do a bit of review before diving into the third and final installment.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that there is a season for everything. This is true of our programs as well. We have to take care that our programs and events don’t turn into “sacred cows” that go on even after they have stopped being effective.  In part one of this series, we looked at how to identify when a program, ministry, or event was coming to the end of its season. We looked at four P’s:

  • Purpose
  • Passion
  • Pry, and
  • Pray

we examined how they help us know when a program was coming to the end of its season.  In part two we looked at how to breathe new life into a program that might be dying. Again we looked at Purpose. Then we looked at when and how to evaluate our programs to determine the best way to bring them back to life. Sadly, despite our best efforts, there comes a time when a program has to end. That is the focus of the third, and final, part in this series. That I will save for my next post. Don’t worry, it won’t take me a year to get to it this time!

Matt Norman

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Matt is married to his high school sweetheart Kim and together they have two wonderful kids. Matt is a part time children’s pastor at The Rock of Winter Haven, in the appropriately named town of Winter Haven, Florida. In his spare time Matt is an avid automotive enthusiast and a self confessed computer nerd and tech junkie.