How thinking outside—deferring judgment— can open your mind to growth and abundance in your business.
The definition of church according to Merriam-Webster is: a building for public and especially Christian worship.
I know religion is a hot topic in our “PC” world today. Have you noticed most things are better without politics involved anyway?!?
So, where am I going with this?!?
Interestingly on gotquestions.org I uncovered the following:
The word “church” comes from the Greek word "ekklesia" which is defined as “an assembly” or “called-out ones.” The root meaning of “church” is not that of a building, but of people. It is ironic that when you ask people what church they attend, they usually identify a building. Romans 16:5 says “… greet the church that is in their house.” Paul refers to the church in their house—not a church building, but a body of believers.
Some years ago, I was teaching creativity to a group in Buffalo, NY with the Creative Problem Solving Institute. I took advantage of a down moment to join a group adjacent to us in the hotel. Truth is, I mistakenly sat in on the wrong conference! Unfortunately, to this day I have not been able to find out who it was, but their message was profound.
It was a powerful documentary shot without narration about the differences in our Native Americans’ view of church compared to other views. The film was masterfully shot by just videoing the different people in the small towns expressing their different “sides” in the debate. The subject of concern was the public use of some of our most sacred National Monuments like Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. Consequently without narration, the producers were certainly not “leading the court” like many accusations towards today’s so called “fake news.”
The simple point was these natural sanctuaries in our National Parks are church to many tribes—differing from the typical view of a brick and mortar building that most of the Pentecostals viewed as “a body of believers.”
The film left you to determine your views on the subject in the end. Aha! We all should reserve judgment about religion (and a lot of other topics). I walked away in tears with a new spiritual awakening to what reverence means, and the power of Creation and the great outdoors.
To this day, my own mother doesn’t see how watching the sunrise standing in waders in a cold swamp could possibly be enlightening!?! Nonetheless, I guess it’s my church…
So, here is how I believe it relates to your business:
Think OUTSIDE…take some time to get out of your rat race and find a spiritual quiet place outside, void of any kind of wall or roof. Be sure to take something to write with and on…OK all of you ‘generationalists’ I guess your phone, PC or tablet will work, (it just feels sacrilege in this context). My point is... just think…listen to the sounds of nature, and mute the ones in your head.
Then, take some notes. Jot down some answers to the 4 questions below… be real and truthful with yourself…remember you are in a sacred place and its just between you and your higher power.
Make a list of reasons...Just keep writing things down with NO JUDGMENT!
If everyone on your team or in your company are not singing from the same hymnal (so to speak), then maybe you need to take your company’s strategy to the “altar” for some enlightenment!
Your answers to these 4 questions become the foundation for your why? For more impact, you might ask your body of believers to include their answers. Then, and only then, can you focus on the elements of the marketing model for more insights. What do you deliver best to your best customers? How competitive are you in the market? Then your all important position, presence, and how you market and promote, will soon begin to take shape and balance out.
"True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found." ~Eckhart Tolle
“Can I get a hallelujah
Can I get an amen
Feels like the Holy Ghost running through ya
When I play the highway FM
I find my soul revival
Singing every single verse
Yeah I guess that’s my church"
~ Maren Morris