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“Just the Facts Ma’am”: Looking For Signs in Your Church

“Just the facts, Ma’am!” I loved watching the old “Dragnet” detective series on T.V. when I was a kid. The cops were so deadpan. If a woman was upset after having her bag stolen, they would discount it by saying, “Just the facts, Ma’am.” After people had their houses broken into or were assaulted on the street and were very emotional, the cops would work with them to remember the actual facts that happened in order to solve the crime. They had to separate the facts from peoples’ feelings and impressions.

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What Are Your Church's Symptoms?

Last week, I discussed the importance of a church’s immune system. The immune system works to protect the health of a social system. The church may have a number of diseases it’s fighting off that they’re not even aware of! The immune system senses these diseases and sounds an alarm to warn us. But when we hear the alarm go off, warning us that something is threatening the vitality of our church, what do we do?

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The Immune System Alarm

“Yikes, Jude, Watch out!”

My wife, Judy, loves driving in the city. Something about weaving in and out of traffic is very relaxing to her, for reasons I can never fathom! But whenever we’re out driving somewhere, I find myself inevitably warning her of impending doom. I seem to have a built-in alarm system! Usually she has already decided how to negotiate the road, but occasionally I’ll see something before she does. When it comes to driving the streets of Boston, it’s helpful to have two pairs of eyes on the road!

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Are you a “social system doctor"?

I’ve been seeing my doctor quite a bit lately. Turning 74, the old body is starting to show its age! My doctor is trying to help my body work at its “normal state of being” by trying to remove the hindrances that keep it from functioning at its highest potential. So for me, doing physical therapy removes some of the hindrances of having creaky joints.

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Keep the light bulb on!

When we begin to really understand how living systems work, it’s like “light bulbs” are coming on in our heads. It makes sense! We can see that the living systems God created are truly like cats, not toasters. Last week, I talked about this “light bulb experience” – when we really begin to think out of our subconscious thought. But the light doesn’t stay on for long! Why is that?

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"How do I do Living system Ministry, anyway?"

Isn’t that your bottom line question? What's the first step in doing Living System Ministry? Doug’s response is that you begin in the subconscious, but for me, that’s not very helpful. My subconscious is messy; it’s the place I put the stuff I don’t want to think about, where my bad feelings and memories – my negative internal running commentary – is suppressed, eventually rendering me closer to “un”-conscious or comatose! Doug and I actually had a big fight about it.

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Change Comes from Within: Internal revitalization within the living city

In 1971, my friend Don Gill referred me to the book Urban Dynamics by Jay W. Forrester, who is considered the founder of the social science of systems thinking. Systems thinking looks at large systems like businesses, organizations, cities, and cultures from a wide perspective, taking in overall patterns and cycles in the whole system instead of focusing on isolated fragments or single events.

     
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