Category: Church Multiplication
“Everything has its own time…” Ecc 3.1
I’ve quoted that verse to others and, quite a few times, to myself. Most often it’s to answer the question why didn’t things turn out the way we had hoped.
When we face disappointments like that, one area of our life that can take a blow is our passion.
I’ve found when my passion and energy are running low, a few bold moves need to be taken. Now, apart from the obvious… we need to be on our faces before God, we need to establish a laser focus so we aren’t spreading the energy and enthusiasm too thin and zapping our own passion.
Try these Bold Moves…
A bad system is better than no system at all.
I love what I heard Andy Stanley said once, “Your system is perfectly suited for the results you’re getting.” It’s quite easy to have no system and therefore have practically no results. So, a bad system that produces “bad” results is at least a place to start and measure it’s success.
I’ve helped train 100’s of pastors through The Sticks Network, and one thing that consistently sticks out in my mind is how few leaders and churches have systems in place for the most vital parts of their church.
Whenever you meet together as a church, team or staff- Pray! I know most of you do, but I’m talking about just a quick five minute “Huddle” where you ask…
Let me give you an example. We began this several months back. We meet every morning, including Sundays at 7:55 for 5 minutes. We answer those three questions and then pray. You will be amazed at how much unity and power comes through this practice.
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…