By Ryan Clark
A few Sundays back we stopped at one of these new hipster doughnut places before heading on to church. The place is called Revolution Doughnuts and this is what we found: A line out the door early on a Sunday morning. Clearly we weren’t the only ones with this idea!
Here’s the interesting thing, if I pitched you the idea that we’d open a doughnut shop and charge $2.00-$3.75 for a doughnut (instead of 65 cents) and we’d put cheese or bacon bits on one or twist up some dough into a peanut butter banana fritter, you would think I was crazy.
“No one,” you’d warn me, “would eat those crazy fried pieces of randomness.” But Revolution does it and in a short amount of time has become one of the top 10 donut shops in America.
Now let’s talk about missions.
Everyone agrees that adaptation is needed for global missions in the 21st century and Steven Porter has started the conversation for CBF (see here). And I know this conversation makes people nervous, like telling your parents you’re going to spend yours and their life savings on starting an organic doughnut shop with gluten free offerings.
After all, isn’t the doughnut the official icon of gluttonous sweet gluten?
Revolution is the right word. You can go 5 miles down the road in one direction and get hot Krispy Kreme – a heavenly glazed experience and 3 miles in another direction for consistently very nice donuts to be dunked with a myriad of sprinkle selections.
For many, change or adaptation is inspiring and exciting. For others, change or adaptation invites the feeling of nervousness.
This precise topic of adaptation or change in global missions came up recently with some young adult leaders. We talked about good anxiety like the kind you have leading up to the birth of a baby.
- Being Nervous is a good thing.
- We should never let our lack of imagination be the trigger that stops others in following a calling.
- We can do a few things really, really well and other things pretty darn good and then not do lots of other things.
Revolution still offers the classics: glazed, (dark) chocolate, jelly filled (actually on this visit it was filled with Nutella – yeah, exactly amazing), and one offering with sprinkles. So we can be comforted with some originals and they’re even better than I remembered. Likewise, there’s no question CBF will continue with the classics of working among the most neglected. How we do that in the 21st century, I believe, will be a pregnant revolution of our own.
[Word of disclosure: The owner of Revolution Doughnuts has a child in my wife’s music class; judge how you will]
Ryan Clark is Partner-funded Field Personnel Specialist and Training Manager for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.