This past weekend we re-entered the season of daylight savings.  In 1966 the Uniform Time Act was passed and created what we now refer to as Daylight Savings Time.  While some say the reason for the Act was to give farmers more daylight hours for their work, the real story is something else.  The idea behind it was to save electricity by giving more daylight hours to people in the evening when they would not need to turn on lights as early.

This past spring and summer I felt like a broken record.  Don’t fall back, spring forward …  Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity… Here’s your silver lining …  Every crisis brings opportunity …  Restart or relaunch …  Spring forward do not fall back …  Don’t leave the new baby at the curb …  And more …

Yet, it feels like so many are not listening to me or anyone else screaming out with a mixed sense of hope and frustration.  The church has a limited opportunity to re-invent itself – to spring forward.  Everything is disrupted, so anything is possible.  All that we have grown to know and be comfortable with in our churches has at least temporarily been suspended.  So, when anything and everything is possible, why are so many churches falling back rather than springing forward?

In our rush to feel a sense of normalcy, we have too often rushed to fall back to in-person worship even though the average return is one-third of the pre-pandemic worship.  In our too often complacent church mindset, we fall back into the same worship with the same music, same order of worship, same people, and the same focus on those already connected to the church.  In our church stuck-ness, we fall back into the same ministries and same traditions that have not been missionally focused for quite some time.  We keep falling back …

Our dear United Methodist Church came into reality in 1968.  The Uniform Time Act came into being in 1966.  Both are struggling to stay alive and be relevant.  The Act had the best of intentions, but while there is a reported savings in electricity for lighting, there is an increased demand of electricity for air conditioning with people being awake more during the warmer time of the day.  Some experts believe the effects of the twice a year time change is detrimental to sleep patterns.  The UMC was the uniting of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church and has been in decline ever since its inception.  In a February 20, 2020 article by Michael F. Haverluck, the UMC has lost 100,000 members per year for the past several years.  We keep falling back …

What served us in the 1960’s is no longer serving us well today.  Even more, it seems the Uniform Time Act nor the United Methodist Church in its current form is serving its intended purpose.  The Act was meant to save electricity, but it is not and still remains in effect.  The UMC was meant to makes disciples, but has been unable to reach new, younger, and more diverse people since its inception.  We keep falling back …

Before the opportunity completely escapes us to spring forward, please do not fall back.  Let us press forward with a renewed commitment to the movement Wesley started.  Let us spring forward with a renewed commitment to the mission of making disciples and not fall back on all that has held us back for decades.

What is your church doing intentionally to spring forward and resist the temptation to fall back?

16 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    November 21, 2020

    Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out much. Ronni Jarvis Drugge

  2. Anonymous
    November 23, 2020

    I pay a visit daily a few websites and information sites to read articles or reviews, but this website gives feature based content. Friederike Zelig Neau

  3. Anonymous
    November 24, 2020

    Hello, of course this post is truly nice and I have learned lot of things from it about blogging. thanks. Erminia Alisander Markowitz

  4. Anonymous
    November 29, 2020

    I truly appreciate this article. Much thanks again. Anet Asher Bordiuk

  5. Anonymous
    December 9, 2020

    Hi there! I simply wish to give you a big thumbs up for the great info you have here on this post. I will be returning to your site for more soon. Margette Roscoe Gerrald

  6. Anonymous
    December 9, 2020

    If you want to get a good deal from this article then you have to apply such methods to your won context. Zorine Gabbie Pliam

  7. online
    January 12, 2021

    After looking at a handful of the blog articles on your web page, I really appreciate your way of writing a blog. Dagmar Myca Saeger

  8. Anonymous
    January 12, 2021

    I think you have observed some very interesting details, appreciate it for the post. Leshia Anthony Cicily

  9. Anonymous
    January 13, 2021

    For the reason that the admin of this website is working, no uncertainty very shortly it will be well-known, due to its quality contents. Bobine Alphonso Samal

  10. Anonymous
    January 17, 2021

    There is certainly a great deal to find out about this subject. I like all the points you ave made. Whitney Donnie Urias

  11. Anonymous
    January 17, 2021

    You made some nice points there. Lane Skye Roybn

  12. Anonymous
    January 18, 2021

    Some really excellent content on this website , appreciate it for contribution. Mellisa Scotty Alameda

  13. Anonymous
    January 19, 2021

    Pretty! This has been a really wonderful post. Thank you for supplying this info. Shelley Warner McQuade

  14. Anonymous
    January 21, 2021

    I really like reading through an article that can make men and women think. Also, thank you for permitting me to comment. Alameda Fitz Chane

  15. Anonymous
    January 21, 2021

    Really enjoyed this blog. Much thanks again. Keep writing. Hedwig Carver Glassman

  16. Anonymous
    January 31, 2021

    I’m thankful for the article post. Much thanks again. Keep writing. Billi Patsy Valerio

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.