Yesterday I linked to Kent Shaffer’s post about the Top 22 Churches.  Today there’s an interesting response over at Swerve,’s blog.  And it’s really worth checking out Stop Trying to Be Number One.  Some very good points…to me the key idea is that lists are always a reflection of last year, at best.  So determination to move in that direction, combined with the slow pace of many change efforts, might get you to last year’s target… in about 5 years! Dohhhhh!

So what is the solution?   The idea might really be to think about where things are going and point your development to join that trajectory.  That would add a whole new meaning to the idea of getting to where you’re going.  

Choosing Your Models Carefully