Today I opened up my Google Reader in order to read my favorite sites and blogs and immediately I was hit hard by the news - Google Reader would be no more, beginning this summer. It was going bye-bye!
I was sad and disappointed. Google Reader is one of my "go to" apps. I rely on it to easily get the news and information that I find important. I use it to curate important articles, blog posts and information. What was I going to do without Google Reader!?
Todd Rhoades has some very poignant thoughts on how Google's decision could teach the church a valuable lesson, here is an excerpt from his post:
How could they do this?
Why could they do this?
And I was not alone. Do a search on Twitter, and you’ll see the rampage that people went on.
It was not pretty.
People are PLEADING with Google not to do this.
Please don’t take away something we use and love.
Why did Google do it?
“While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined.”
Google evidently saw something that I (or a few million others didn’t). Most people were NOT using Google Reader… in fact, less and less. And to continue putting leadership and resources into this program did not make sense.
Sometimes as church leaders we have to make the same determination.
Canning a program that some people absolutely LOVE… yet it’s taking up too many resources, or has dwindled over the years.
People will be upset. They will plead. They will cry.
But you still know it’s the right thing to do.
Maybe you need to pull a Google in your church.
This principle of pruning programs in the church shines clearly through in one of the most important books that every ministry leader should read, Thom Rainer's - Simple Church.