“They will be full of sap and very green” (Psalm 92:14).
The December 2014 issue of “The Progressive Farmer” asks whether to “Keep or Cull?” Subtitle of the article: “High prices have changed the rules about when to cut one loose from the herd.”
Farmers who want to keep their herds young and viable know the importance of culling certain animals that get too old, consume too much resources, are no longer producing, or are a detriment in other ways.
Pastors cannot cull.
More’s the pity, we say with a wink.
There is a reason certain businesses are dying before our eyes. K-Mart and Shoney’s come to mind. The discount store and the restaurant were once all the rage. Today they are fighting to stay alive. (My wife says, “K-Mart is coming back.” Okay. Good.) We think of names like Montgomery-Ward, Spiegel, Western Auto, and Rexall– in most cases only dim memories now. National Shirt Shop. Woolworth. Maison Blanche.
To stay healthy and maintain its mission, any entity must be constantly reinventing itself, tweaking its systems, sloughing off the old and dead, birthing the new.