When churches experience growth, the multisite conversation often comes up. But that doesn’t mean the next step is always obvious. There are several different strategies for launching campuses.
I’ve met lots of church leaders who take pride in the fact that they don’t do strategic planning. They insist they rely solely on God to move. Ironically, not having a plan is the same as having a plan to do nothing. And when you have a plan to do nothing, there are some natural consequences. I’ve written about these consequences for years, and I still see churches operating like this every week.
Whenever our team works with a church on strategic planning, the church pinpoints several “core issues” they believe are the most important things holding them back from being the church God has called them to be. After identifying those areas, they can make plans that will actually move them towards sustained health.
A couple of days ago, we hosted a conversation with Joe Sangl and Marty Schmidt about church vision and the common challenges of funding it well.
Here at The Unstuck Group, we serve hundreds of churches annually. As part of the Ministry Health Assessment phase of our process, we’ve developed some key metrics to help church leaders get an objective snapshot of the health of their church. Because of that, we’ve had our eye on these metrics for years, and we’ve often shared them with the churches we serve.
Take a second to really consider: are your staff satisfied in their roles?
As we all know, the power of any team is multiplied when its members are unified. But too often, church staff teams are marked by division and poorly managed conflict. I hope you haven’t experienced it, but there’s a good chance you will at some point.
I have worked with a lot of churches. You name it, I’ve seen it. But, as time goes on, I’ve seen commonalities among teams and situations. In many cases, as we sit down to walk through a strategic plan, I’ve grown to expect a resistance for change. It is by no means unanimous resistance, but more so hesitancy among team members that are passionate about the traditions of the church.
What steps have you taken lately to invest in the health of your ministry?
We all want healthy churches but, for some reason, taking time for a check-up isn’t on most pastors’ list of priorities.
Helping churches assess their ministry’s health is a big part — a vital part — of what we do. It’s the first step in our 4-Phase Planning Process because we believe you have to gain perspective before you can appropriately plan for the future.
Many years ago, I visited a town in Arizona called… wait for it… Nothing. You’ve probably not heard of Nothing, Arizona because, well, it’s essentially nothing. Here’s the sign that hangs in the center of the town: