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Length: 2-minute read

In one of my messages I said that while it is good to ‘think positive’, it is even better to ‘think possibilities’.
There are many possibilities in a pandemic.

Experiment trumps Experience and Expertise.

So if you are an ‘ordinary’ pastor (no pastor is ordinary in my mind), head of department, business person or entrepreneur, this novel crisis has hit the global reset button. 
Because this situation is unprecedented, no one can lean on past experiences. 
No one can claim to be an expert.
The most experienced and successful pastors and business people are also in uncharted waters.
The experts—theologians, thinkers, apostles and prophets, consultants—are also groping in the dark.
Everything that everyone is doing and saying is trial and error.

No one has discovered the secret sauce or magic formula.
No one can say they are right or you are wrong.
Everything that can be shaken is shaken.
The coronavirus crisis has ushered in a new era—the Great Church Experiment.

Now you are free to experiment.
Experience is getting its butt kicked by Experiment.
Expertise is getting schooled by Experiment.
This is the best time for innovation, imagination and creativity.

So try, trial, test—repeat.
Explore, Experiment, Evaluate—repeat.

It’s already a worldwide disaster… It will take a Mr. Bean level of stupid to make it worse. So take the shot!

Your team is 10-0 up and it’s the last minute… So step up and take the penalty.

You are like the goalkeeper in a penalty shootout. If you let in the goal, no one’s gonna blame you. But if you make a save, you will be the hero. 
It’s a no pressure clutch shot—that’s a blessed paradox.

You can’t do any worse.
It’s a crisis, but no one is going to blame you. Everyone is going to blame the virus.
The coronavirus is the most convenient scapegoat since Jesus bore the sins of the world.
So try something. Do something.

 For our Easter online services, our young people produced a funny video that allowed viewers to choose their own ending. Their creativity was featured in the national paper. That weekend, over 10,000 people tuned in with their friends.
Our young people tried different ways of sharing their life story for our online services, e.g., vlog style.

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11 Comments

  1. Benjamin Yeo says:

    Wow love this article. It’s so true that this season, COVID-19 is probably the world’s best excuse right now. This is the best time to experiment and be creative in everything we do. This will really help us to, as mentioned in the previous articles, make permanent changes in our lives in this temporary situation.

  2. Eunice Lim says:

    Love this article! It is so true! It is the time to think possibilities. Our generation has been so used to the idea that we cannot fail but now is the best time to dare to try and experiment all that we have wanted to do.

    Love what SP How mentioned in the article – This is the best time for innovation, imagination and creativity. Time to step up, time to do something and time to unleash into our dreams!

  3. Sharon C says:

    So much gold in this! This is not just another business teaching, or something you can learn from textbooks. What great INSIGHTS and FORESIGHTS in a such a short read, every line packs a punch. “Experiment trumps Experience and Expertise” — love this thought! It expands the number of solutions I could try as I plan how to lead the teams under me.

  4. Dionne says:

    Hi Pastor, I can’t help laughing at your wit while reading the articles but I feel so inspired by your wisdom and challenged by your paradigm-shifting insights! This is really very reassuring for an entrepreneur/SEP like me – ‘You can’t do any worse. It’s a crisis, but no one is going to blame you. Everyone is going to blame the virus. The coronavirus is the most convenient scapegoat since Jesus bore the sins of the world. So try something. Do something.’ We have free rein to create and experiment now! We never know until we try! Jesus wore the crown of thorns for our sins; the virus can wear the crown for our failed experiments (if any) 😀

  5. May Chew says:

    So true, we cannot do anything worse. It will be silly of us if we are to wait only. This article motivates me to be creative and bolder to try new things. I can use this chance to be a blessing to the people around me too!

  6. Melvin says:

    Although it is just a 2-min read, this article is jam-packed with so much insight and wisdom. It is definitely a must-read for everyone! Truly, there are so many possibilities and opportunities in this season of uncertainty. It is the best time to experiment and try new things. If not now, then when? Love the part of the article where it says “Your team is 10-0 up and it’s the last minute… So step up and take the penalty. You are like the goalkeeper in a penalty shootout. If you let in the goal, no one’s gonna blame you. But if you make a save, you will be the hero. It’s a no pressure clutch shot—that’s a blessed paradox.” I couldn’t agree more! There is nothing to lose! So blessed and encouraged.

  7. Mae-Ann Sahai says:

    This article is thought provoking and insightful. As a business owner facing challenges in this crisis, this article shifts my mindset a 180 degrees around. This is indeed the best time for innovation and creativity. Because it is uncharted waters for everyone, the playing field is levelled. This actually provides new opportunities for us. I really like this statement , Try, Trial, Test – Repeat. It opens up so many possibilities to how we can run our business. And now is the best time to put these possibilities to a test. Seeing this crisis and my business through different lens now, it is an exciting time to be at actually.

  8. Evelyn K says:

    Have been following all your thought-provoking articles, Pastor How. Every article is chock-full of nuggets of wisdom. Just WOW.

    Thank you for nudging us to take that step of faith to try something, to do something.

  9. Joy Ho says:

    Being an entrepreneur in this trying times, this series has been practically useful, as much as it has been uplifting! Ps How does not just teach wisdom, but he puts faith and hope in our hearts. So important in this time of shifting sand! Thank you Pastor!!! Ready to take a shot!

  10. John Tan says:

    I love the creativity and innovative spirit of Heart of God Church and its young people, empowered by Pastor How and Pastor Lia! Again such wise words and spot on analogies by Pastor How – we are already 10-0 and its the last min, so we have got to take that shot! We really cannot do anything worse than it already is, so why not? Possibilities, possibilities! Thank you again Pastor, for this brilliant article.

  11. Nadine says:

    Love this article. It’s mindset-shifting! While the world is figuring out how to navigate around this situation, it’s indeed the best time to experiment. Everything to gain, nothing to lose!

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