Category: Small City Church
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.
Recently I made a statement in hearing shot of one of our staff pastors. I said, “I’m driving the staff crazy!” He said, at least you’re driving bro, we don’t like it when you’re not driving.
More encouraging words could not have been spoken to me. You see, last year was a healing year for me, after a tremendously difficult emotional battle, I’m fully engaged again after what seems like an eternity.
When I was down emotionally, I didn’t have the passion or vision to lead and certainly not lead well. “Driving” is not a negative word, in this context, driving is the crazy, electrified atmosphere when there’s controlled chaos for Kingdom growth.
I think when a leader is driving they are leading well, I think when you drive like that you produce three things…
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.
As pastors, there’s always a lot on our plate. We change hats and capes constantly. I’ve found that being skilled and gifted is not enough, it’s also about finding ways for your gifts to have the greatest impact.
In the age of instant share technology, we have the ability to record our thoughts and observations in Scripture with a swipe of our finger.
I know some feel they really need to hold the Bible in their hand while reading, that’s cool, but realize you’re greatly limited yourself in the speed and ability to capture those verses and inspirations quickly and effectively.
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.