cost of doing nothing

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What does it cost your church and organization to do nothing? If you think the answer is “nothing,” you are likely in a backward motion. Here are three quotes and sayings that I love:

  • “In this world, you’re either growing, or you’re dying, so get in motion and grow.” — Lou Holtz. 
  • “Coasting only takes you downhill.” — Zig Ziegler.
  • “Pull the tooth: Successful people do not hang on to bad stuff for long.” — Henry Cloud.

Do Something 

Do you see a pattern? All three require forward-thinking and movement to establish progress. Doing nothing results in more pain and frustration, especially when there is an alternative. Moral of the story: Do something.

Things Change

Things change. Period. For example, how many of you have:

  • A rotary phone at home
  • A hitching post for horse and buggy
  • Bag phone in your car
  • Only do plate offering 

Churches need to constantly adapt to new trends, means, methods, technology, and processes not to get left behind. That also means making decisions to take a step in the right direction.

Nothing has a cost

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it, right? Actually, no. By doing nothing, you are fostering a negative impact. This type of mentality is the problem. Instead of learning new ways of doing something — ways that could be more efficient — we embrace the fear of not wanting to rock the boat. We steer towards complacency, thinking it is helping while it does the exact opposite.  

Just because what you’re doing now meets your goals, doesn’t mean it always will. I would even argue that just because it meets “your” personal needs or comfort level, it may be harming your church. 

Get a New System

Smart Church Solutions rarely encounters people using other facility management software or freestanding event management software (other than the “U”). Instead, we typically consult with people that are using one of the following antiquated systems:

  • Paper and pencil
  • Post-It notes
  • Paper work orders
  • Google sheets
  • Excel
  • Google calendar
  • An “IT” helpdesk 

And can you guess the primary reason people sign up for eSPACE demos? You guessed it  — the system they have always used isn’t working anymore. Unfortunately, too often than not, our biggest objection from potential subscribers is not price or features. Instead, the reason for not moving forward is a decision to remain in the past. 

Doing Nothing is Doing Something to Your Church

In conclusion, doing nothing is actually doing something. And that something is the acknowledgment that you are willing to live with frustration. Or that you are complacently willing to coast downhill. 

No decision is a decision. Doing nothing is doing something — something negative.

To quote Jim Malone (Sean Connery) in The Untouchables, “What are you prepared to do?”

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Tim Cool
Chief Executive Officer
Tim Cool is the President and CEO of Smart Church Solutions and takes great pride in helping churches optimize their facilities. When he’s not at the helm of his company, he’s dedicated to his family, being a husband to Lisa and a father to 27-year-old triplets. An enthusiast of the outdoors, Tim enjoys the simplicity of hiking in the North Carolina mountains.