Whether we like it or not, churches are a sum total of the programs they’re executing at any given time. Some church leaders hate the “P-word.” You know, “program.” In today’s church world, the buzzwords are things like “missional” and ”transformational.” Those have nothing to do with programs, right? Wrong!
How well does your church connect with your community. This video, created by Artistry Labs, asks the question, “What if Starbucks marketed like a church?”
Question(s): Are you effectively connecting with the unchurched and de-churched in your community? What does a guest see when they come to your church for the first time?
Giving statements may be one of the most under utilized ways to improve the culture of generosity in your church. Most churches I talk to send them out once a year, and then it’s only because it’s required. The use of multiple giving statements, throughout the course of a year, can be a fantastic addition to your generosity toolbox. So, how does it work? Keep reading…
What will your church look like in 5-Years?
Five years from now, what do you want your church to look like? Do you want to be the same as you are today? My guess is you want to look different… better… more like Christ.
What will your church look like if five years?
Question: What do you need to change today?
Have you ever ridden in a taxi? If you have, you know the drill. Once you’re lucky enough to flag down a cab, you climb in and the driver asks, “Where to?”
Pretty simple question, right? What would happen if your reply to the driver was, “I’m not sure.” I don’t know how the driver would react, but I can be sure you wouldn’t go anywhere. You’ve got to have a destination in mind when you begin a journey.
Harry Truman said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” I would propose a variation of that principle. Not all listeners are leaders, but all leaders are listeners.
One of the most critical requirements for solid organizational leadership is the ability to keep your finger on the pulse of your organization. The best way to do this is to simply become a listener. There is a big difference between a hearer and a listener. Most employees would not argue whether or not their leaders hear them, but an overwhelming majority would assert that their leaders rarely listen to them – I mean really listen. Hearing indicates the acknowledgment of a sound. Listening is the result of true focus.
Churches face a myriad of challenges and difficulties. I know. I’ve been there. Growing a church is not easy work. Whenever I’m talking to a church staff member or leader, in addition to sharing their challenges with me, they also almost always tell me about their God-sized dreams. I love hearing about these exciting visions. I love hearing the passion and excitement that accompanies the sharing of these dreams.
Every year I, like many others I suspect, create a list of new year’s resolutions. Sometimes the list is just in my head – which is a problem in itself – and sometimes I write the resolutions down somewhere. However, again like many other people, I fall short on many of those resolutions. Even more discouraging is the fact it doesn’t take me long to completely abandon many of my goals for the new year. I won’t speak for anyone else, but if I had to guess I’d speculate that I’m not alone in this regard.