The unofficial mantra of the United States Marine Corps is “improvise, adapt, overcome.” Lately, that’s same mantra applies to creativity and success in church ministry. In my sphere on influence, I have to think beyond the traditional demands of music and arts rehearsals and preparation. I’m under increasing pressure to find new ways to get to the message of Christ out. No longer can one simply put the information out in the newsletter and expect people to show up. We have to cast a vision beyond those that attend Club UMC (United Methodist Church.) Adapting so that both those under middle-age and beyond it get the message is a full-time venture going beyond printed media and even e-mail. I must use all things social to help me. Yet, still making time to prepare for prayer, seeking guidance, rehearsals, casting a vision for music and arts, and taking time to be compassionate can’t be left to chance in a vibrant ministry. If I’m to stay true to The Great Commission, I have to be moving for a greater kingdom here on earth and communicating how we are going to do it. I have to stay clearly focused on Jesus but help others to seek him, too.
Improvise, adapt, overcome . . . the call of the day.