We are coming up on the summer blockbusters in just a few weeks. I can’t wait for the trinity of three-peats. Spiderman 3, Shrek the Third and Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End. I think we have films like this today largely because of guys like George Lucas who broke the mold with Star Wars 30 years ago this May. I’ll never forget standing in wrap around the theater lines for hours just to get ticket.
This article on CNN today about George Lucas and Star Wars is interesting. Lucas funded a lot of the pre-production work himself. He tried things that didn’t work. He didn’t have the budget he needed. He didn’t have any all stars in the cast. He had trouble convincing studio to do the film and even when it launched he wasn’t really sure had a hit. But he was resourceful, innovative, and found people who could think outside the box, adapt, cast vision, roll with the punches and do incredible things with a camera and invent new technology to do what they envisioned. Star Wars probably did more to change the movie industry and impact culture than any film in the last 30 years.
So what is your church doing to change the world and impact culture? You may not think you have the right people, your budget probably isn’t big enough, you don’t have the right equipment, and maybe the things you are trying aren’t’ working. But are you adapting? Are you innovating? Are you championing the vision? Are you challenging people to find new ways to do ministry? Are you at least smart enough to look at what others are doing and say “we could do that!”
Could you do more with video? How about music? Lucas’ score for Star Wars is unforgettable. Is your outreach working? Could you change it if its not? Are there some lesser known people sitting in the seats that you use in staring roles? Do you need to step up financially and fund more of your own vision?
The difference between the Church and Lucas is we have a guaranteed blockbuster hit on our hands. We have the greatest story every told. Are we changing to change the world? We have a timeless message but the methods for delivery need to change all the time.