You have probably heard it said,
If you have a really big problem or task or challenge, one that seems daunting,
then break it down to lots of smaller more manageable tasks and challenges and work at them one at time.
In the world of computer programming this approach has a name. Programmers often break the code into small chunks and call this approach 'decomposition' because they are ‘decomposing’ or breaking down a large challenge into smaller parts.
Suppose we take the decomposition approach to the challenge for churches in the UK today.
Suppose the really big problem or task or challenge that seems daunting,
is ‘where do we grow from here?’ What does decomposition look like for this question?
I have many possible answers to this and I am really interested to hear others but as a starter-for-ten, decomposition breaks down from the big challenge of the church and denomination nationally, to the churches regionally, then it breaks down smaller to individual churches and the challenges there, then to very many individual aspects of those churches but ultimately decomposition takes us to our individual people, followers of Jesus wherever they find themselves.
If we apply the lessons of decomposition to the challenges of the church our starting point will be helping individual followers of Jesus with their next steps to follow him more closely.
We will never get anywhere until we accept the challenge to equip our people for their everywhere.