The World Without Us

We had an interesting Lead Team meeting last night. We pretty much discussed the future of LifePoint and how do we take purposeful steps to get there. But before I get to that I would like to point you to an article at Mental Floss. In this post, “The world without us“, they share some thoughts from a book by the same title written by author Alan Weisman. It’s an interesting look at what would happen to the human footprint if we were to cease to exist. Here are some observations that they shared.

  • The electricity keeping the pumps on in New York’s subways would stop, and they would eventually be flooded. The streets above them would collapse, creating rivers where, say, Lexington Avenue used to be. Jungle would reclaim much of the city within a few decades.
  • Copper pipes and wiring would be crushed into mere seams of reddish rock, barely detectable by (hypothetical) archaeologists of the future.
  • Steel bridges will last a few hundred years, but eventually rust and crumble as windblown seeds and soil flourish in their cracks.

There is a well known question that every pastor ought to ask themselves. If your church ceased to exist, would anyone notice or care? How long will it take for your churches footprint to be covered by the effects of time? Are the things you are doing now set up to make an impact in the long run? What about the church as a whole?

In the church we sometimes settle for a sudden impact over a lasting one. What are some ways that our churches can make a long lasting impact in our individual communities? What would make our respective areas miss the church if she were to cease to exist?

Good questions…any answers?