Steve Jobs for the Church

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011.

Jobs was not a good moral or spiritual model for those who follow Christ, but he impacted the world with his ideas. I am an unabashed Apple fan. I read about Jobs’ death on my iPad and am composing this post on my MacBook.

In reading more about Jobs the last few days, I came across this quote from John Sculley, who was recruited by Jobs away from PepsiCo in 1983 to run Apple. (The two clashed  two years later, leading to Jobs’ ouster from the company he co-founded.) This quote is from Sculley’s very frank 2010 interview with Businessweek:

“What makes Steve’s methodology different from everyone else’s is that he always believed the most important decisions you make are not the things you do, but the things you decide not to do.”

What if we applied this thinking to the church, a la Jim Collins’ “Stop Doing” list?


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