I found myself in a conversation earlier today where I said that I would rather trust a good (community) process rather than my own biasses in making a leadership decision that effects the community. This conversation got me thinking about the tension between trusting in a process and trusting in God.
God works through systems. For example, your body is a complex system designed by God. It’s systematic and predictable. God created systems. That doesn’t make him small. Likewise, God works through systems in our ministry. Systems aren’t secular.
On flip side I was reminded of a message I heard Donald Miller (of Blue Like Jazz fame) give at Mars Hill in Michigan once where he noted that each time in scripture that Jesus did a miracle he used a different process. Donald’s point was that Jesus didn’t want us to trust in a process for miracles; he wanted us to trust in Him.