As I was thinking about this, it occurred to me that programs within the church can also start “along the edges.” If you look at God’s creation, God doesn’t start with a full grown tree out in the middle of your yard. The tree starts as a seedling – small – and then it grows. Unfortunately for most church people, we have zero patience. We want it now. And we mean Now! I believe this is because most people think, “Well I’m only going to be here for a little while longer, so I want things to be set before I go.” But God doesn’t work that way. Time is not a limit for God.
Perhaps the thinking of the church can be changed to think along God’s lines. Start small and know that it will grow. Life will find a way and church life is just the same. We all need the faith to believe in life – and keep looking at the edges for new growth.