Month: December 2013
You need some type of system that will tell you when a person who was with you, isn’t there any more. Believe me you can’t trust your memory!
Establish a regular call time to touch base with those absent. Not a guilt trip, but a genuine desire for the welfare of those entrusted to your care. This is gonna take some honesty on you and your church’s part. You may hear some uncomfortable things, but be honest and humble enough to care about those people. Sure, you don’t want to beg them to stay, but they may know or see something you don’t.
I heard a phrase on a business radio program that I wasn’t familiar with…
It was explained that quite often, an organization or department can add to its effectiveness by actually taking someone off the team (not replacing them). I understand the genius of less is more, but addition by subtraction?… awesome idea!
Here are 3 things you may need to subtract (take away) from your church if it’s not moving…
I recently took my son on a trip to NY for his 18th birthday.
I’m a small town guy and, honestly, big cities make me nervous and give me a desire to seek the first train out. While I was there, though, I did learn a few lessons on our short visit.
Almost every church will see seasons of growth and decline.
But how do you get a church that seems to be coming to a stop to regain some forward momentum?
Here are a few points I have found helpful…
You must see all the components that cause or have contributed to the slow down. This process of perception is vital. It will take some time, but you have to ask and record the answers to some hard questions.
-Inside trends? (Music, giving, ages, preaching, kids etc,)
-Outside trends? (Community, economic, culture change)
“I know a couple that has stopped giving…said they don’t understand what we’re doing.” One of the staff members told me this recently, and it really felt like a stab! What!? Don’t know? Don’t understand? How can that be? We have communicated our vision and plan very well (I said to myself). Well…upon further investigation