We are coming down to the last days of the due diligence period for selling our church building. The building and property is rock solid and the only contingency is the inspection. Still, I know that anything can happen. Deals are never deals until they are closed and the money is in the bank. That's the way big deals work. Chase, uncertainty, victory (immediate and delayed).
When I was in corporate sales and marketing, I loved the chase. I loved the strategy behind long, complicated deals. And, of course, winning tasted good. Losing fuels the fire to be better next time.
To be honest, if I was in a typical church, surrounded by people fearful of change, I may miss it. But, we are constantly in flux, pursuing change. For the last two years we have been pressing every button, pursuing the angles, and going for broke. At times, it has been difficult and even scary. But, it has been right and God has always come through. The journey has been an adventure.
So, as we wrestle and embrace change, we stand at the precipice of a new day in our existence. A multi-million dollar contract is teetering ready to close...but it is possible it might not...anything is possible until the deal is closed. We could wish for the perfect ingredients before we do anything. Or, we can launch out and go for the mission of the Church of Jesus Christ in a big way.
Seth Godin said in a recent post that one of the biggest factors in the success of the US isn't our natural resources or location. It's that so many people in this country came here seeking a thrill.
I echo those sentiments. Our success in mission does not rest with the selling of a physical church property. It rests in the fact that God is who He says He is and we put our faith in action, seeking a great thrill on an eternal mission of connecting people with a Holy God. God did not call us to play it safe, to give up on the verge of victory, or to become satisfied or stagnant upon realizing comfort. Really, playing it safe sucks. That's how you lose. Going "all in" with a radical pursuit of the mission is the only way to get it done.
Monday at 5 PM, the deal is set to go hard. If it happens, we have less than a month to get out. If it doesn't, we'll likely dip back into the market place and recontact potential buyers. Regardless, I'm all in.