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Leadership, Leadership, Start Here
God Dreams: 12 Vision Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church’s Future, by Will Mancini and Warren Bird has just been released! This practical, step-by-step guide for articulating a “distant horizon” vision for your church fills a vacuum for churches caught, often unwittingly, in a generic vision that has failed to adequately mobilize their congregations. The book’s process includes many hands-on tools for tailoring workable strategies, both short-term and long term, to articulate and achieve your church’s vision. Will Mancini, known for his celebrated book Church Unique, pulls the best ideas from his many years of church team facilitation at Auxano, the “clarity navigator” company he founded. Just like a visionary restaurant needs a more specific focus than “serving food,” a visionary church needs something more than biblical generalizations like “loving God, loving people” or “making disciples and serving the world.” I believe you’ll find this book to be a groundbreaking work, with a simple and powerful planning method that will bring energy and focus to your church like never before. To learn more, take a look at the book’s website, www.GodDrea.ms, and especially see Will’s video overview below. Credit: Warren Bird at Leadership Network Hope you enjoy! todd
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Leadership, Leadership, Start Here
Casey Graham has some very important insight for fast-growing churches.  Here are two dangers you’ll want to watch out for… Danger 1: The belief we will always grow fast Reality: Most churches growth rate will slow down, stop or even go backwards at some point Why is this dangerous? The leaders become intoxicated with growth and start to hire and acquire like the growth will never stop.  I see a lot of leaders bet the farm on that new facility that will “pay for itself” or load the staff with high salary superstars.  Another common mistake we see leaders make is the lack of accountability for staff budgets and spending.  We also see a lot of churches that have millions of dollars coming in annually but they can’t make payroll if the church didn’t meet this weekend. Danger 2:  The belief that because we have plenty we must have a generous church Reality: Fast growth can cover up the truth about the churches holistic generosity Why is this dangerous? When churches are growing fast, the growth can cover up the healthy.  When growing fast we see giving units start to go up quickly!  Just because we have a lot of giving people doesn’t mean they are developing consistent Biblical generosity.  This usually doesn’t show up until the growth slows down.  When the growth starts to wane we will be tempted to microwave people into generous people. OK… those are the two dangers.  What can you do to avoid these dangers? Is your church growing quickly?  Have you thought about these two danger areas that Casey points out?  What will you do when/if the dramatic growth stops?  And, what steps are you taking to be sure that your fast growing church is actually developing consistent Biblical givers? I’d love to hear your thoughts… todd  
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