Long time readers know the second half of the headline mantra: for Local Situations. It has been my professional advice, and practice, for more than 50 years now.
At the heart of this saying is the absolute fact that no two programs, or ministries, or choirs, or directors, or churches, or communities, are exactly the same (I'll wait if you need to take a moment to ponder that...). Yet so many times, people come to our (virtual) door with a "one size fits all" system the "guarantees" "success" (and all those quotes are meant in the ironic sense).
It just doesn't work that way folks. And the corollary of my mantra is "just because it worked in your last church doesn't mean it will work in your next church." Can I get an Amen?
As my friend Bob Burroughs has always preached, the idea is to be a lifelong learner...and apply what you've learned to the situation at hand in order to get the best results.
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