Watch Seth Godin riff on what’s broken (watching a Seth Godin riff is as good as reading one!). It all comes from the site This is Broken, which has loads more great examples. Seth offers up a few reasons why things may be broken:
- Not my job – It wasn’t someone’s job to fix it, so they didn’t.
- I didn’t know – Someone didn’t know it was even broken, which is probably the scariest (do you use your own stuff?).
- I’m not a fish – The person who designed it never uses it.
- Broken on purpose – This is kind of the odd category for something that’s supposed to be broken.
So what’s broken in church?
It’s worth pointing out that Godin makes the distinction that ‘broken’ is subjective. If I think it’s broken, it’s broken.
When someone walks into your church for the first time, what’s broken? It could be anything from the ingrained church lingo (narthex, sacristy or undercroft are not good terms to use when telling somewhere how to get somewhere in the church building) to the automaton stand up/sit down that happens as if on telekinetic cue, leaving a visitor standing when they should be sittig or vice-versa.