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Dec 07, 2011
Itineracy Is DEAD


adjective: traveling from place to place: itinerant traders.
noun: a person who travels from place to place.

ORIGIN late 16th cent. (used to describe a judge traveling on a circuit): from late Latin itinerant- ‘traveling,’ from the verb itinerari, from Latin iter, itiner- ‘journey, road.’

(If you don't know this 16th century model of pastoral appointments was a great thing when the world was round and the distances between churches was small. This "top down" European management style has not worked in the US in the last 50 years.)

Just spoke with another pastor who has suffered the pain of the outdates, old, worthless and dead system of Itineracy. Build it up, get moved, watch it decline, have the DS blame the former pastor, people left, new people come, change the pastor, people leave, people come--some people stay and learn this one great lesson. "We are not in control of our lives. We are not able to sustain anything. So no matter the great idea of this new pastor, we can't get behind it because this new person won't stay."

If people do stay when the pastor leaves (in 4 years) they know they will most likely get the other side of the coin in the next pastor. (in church talk--an evangelical will be replaced by Liberation Theology; a high view of Scripture replaced by a low view; and visa versa). its enough to cause our churches to be Bi-polar or schizophrenic. Its enough to kill the churches.

Wait...the churches are dying. I think that is what all the for sale signs are about.