How Denomination Leaders Can Set Up Their Churches for Success
I’ve often thought the work network and denominational leaders do with churches is analogous to how churches serve their congregants.
If people would just do what we tell them to do, their lives would be so much better. If churches would simply do what you told them to do, they would be healthier while making a greater impact in their communities.
How’s that going for you?
Churches don’t control their congregants. You don’t control churches.
What you do have are strategic “inputs” that can influence the churches you serve and ultimately model for churches the “inputs” they can bring to their congregations.
During this pandemic, what is it you want churches to be doing? I would assume you want them to be proactive, bringing creativity to discipleship/spiritual formation, outsider focused and being a beacon of hope for their community. You want them to be early adopters, positive and leading well in and through the crisis. How are they doing?
How are you doing?
Are you modeling and providing strategic inputs that your churches may adopt? Are you being proactive, early adopters leaning into change and a beacon of hope for your churches? Or, are you stuck?
There is plenty we don’t know about the future but here are some sample inputs we have been working with denominational leaders as they serve their churches:
What tools and methods can you provide your churches to help them develop steps for their guests and members 24/7 digitally and/or live?
Our mission field has been online for 10-15 years, it’s taken a pandemic for most churches to finally take steps in this direction. How are you modeling your own digital relevance? How are you reinventing your resources and the central services you provide churches?
Not all growing churches are healthy but healthy things grow. How are you creating missional multiplication in your region and through your churches?
Do you have emerging leaders to fill the vacating positions in existing churches and to launch new churches? How are you preparing new leaders in your seminaries and training to effectively do ministry in 2020 and beyond?
Vision for the Future
What do you want your region to look like in 2025? Do you have a clear vision? Are you effectively executing a vision and integrating it with the churches you serve? Have you adapted your existing vision with the new pandemic (and someday post-pandemic) reality.
Sadly, many denominations and churches remain stuck in the “danger zone” of the grief/change cycles. If you remain confused, unproductive and anxious, how should you expect anything different from your churches? If churches remain confused, unproductive and anxious, how can they expect anything different from their congregations?
It starts with you. You can’t control churches but you can control your inputs and drive proactive, healthy action through this pandemic.
What are your next steps? What is your leadership team modeling to the churches you serve?