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:
I’m growing more and more convinced that the worst thing a church team can do is try to reach a consensus about something. On the surface, reaching a consensus seems like a positive thing because it means everyone has agreed to move in the same direction. That’s a good thing, isn’t it?
We see this all the time: church staff teams are not built for growth. It’s one of several church staffing/structure issues that consistently reveal themselves when my team and I are serving churches across North America.
We typically recommend that church think ahead, designing a future structure that would support the ministry if it were twice its current size. Sticking with your current structures and leadership capacity will get you the same results you’ve always achieved. It takes new structures and increased leadership capacity to achieve new, expanded results. (more…)
Regardless of its uniqueness, every church has the potential to go through a similar life cycle.
Regardless of uniqueness, every church has the potential to go through a very similar life cycle.
Once upon a time…
In a far off land there lived a leader who supervised three little pigs. The leader was committed to excellence in his life and in his organization. He knew there was a direct correlation between the quality of the houses his pigs built and the success they had in protecting themselves from the big, bad wolves.
I’ve been saying this for years now, but I get tired of church marketing. The advertisements, the clever slogans, the social media strategies. Many churches try to achieve success by using the right tactics, by “appealing” to the right audience. But in some cases marketing is a barrier to the advancement of the Gospel message. It can actually be a hindrance for the church.