Great Minds think….Different.

Jimmy Smuda writes:  I just got back from one of those staff retreats that make you feel you can really do something with the team that’s around you. For some (including me who is not a big “meetings” guy, but is growing into that role) it can be grueling. 11 hours of hashing, rehashing, coming full circle back to the original….hash! It can be absolutely exhausting. Especially if you’re in a room where you feel almost everyone thinks different then you do. See when you’re talking business, you WANT that. Different types of thinking. Churches are on a kick of...
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5 Reasons People Aren’t Giving Faithfully To Your Church

Casey Graham thinks that there are 5 key reasons people aren’t giving as faithfully or consistently to your church as you want them to: 1. People don’t feel NEEDED At one time, I remember church funding being ALL about need!  The “weekly need” was published in the bulletin and the goal was to meet the weekly need.  I believe we have swung the pendulum too far away from this. We don’t want to be “that” church so we try to make our churches look like everything is professional and “done”.  People park the cars in the parking lot, we have nice signs, and have great children’s...
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Four things that make teams thrive in every season

Do you strive for a healthy team? There is nothing more fun (and more exciting) than being a part of a ministry team that is running on all cylinders. But many teams never get there.  How is your team doing in achieving unity? Kem Meyer has some great insights on what makes great teams really work: We’ve got to do it together. Every person has their role in the family effort. And there are threads that weave every role and relationship together like a fabric. That’s what makes us a team. VISION. Vision is a picture of what could be and should be. It binds us together, it invites others to what...
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Man… I wish someone would’ve told me this earlier…

Will Mancini writes: Every year, Outreach Magazine provides a profile of the 100 Fastest-growing churches in the country. This year, they had a few interview spots entitled, “What I wish someone told me.” What really struck me are the common threads on vision and alignment. Look for how these pastors discuss clarity and unique calling. The big themes are as follows: Radical emphasis on mission and vision (including values and strategy) Willingness to “let people go” who don’t align with the vision Commitment to stop programs and cut ministry not aligned with the vision Now, listen to their...
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The Six Stages of Vision

Imagination Stage- This is the fun stage where you get to think outside the box and dream about possibilities.  Typically you’re focused on solving a problem that is close to your heart and praying through ways God wants to use you to make a difference. Preparation Stage – This is the hard work of putting together the timelines, budget, priorities and goals of the vision.  Vision is seeing tomorrows possibilities today, but it’s not enough just to see it, you have to  design a blueprint in order to minimize frustrations along the way. Execution Stage - This is where the vision...
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Is Your Church’s Vision Too Small?

Why do people love to give time, money, energy, and love to parachurch organizations when they don’t give time, energy and love to their home church?  Craig Groeschel suggests that it could be because the parachurch organization has a bigger vision than your church! Craig says: Almost daily, I hear great church members excited about their ‘outside the church ministry’. Instead of whining about why they don’t give, serve, or care about the ministry of the local church, I’ve made two commitments: I’m going to cast such a compelling vision for the power of the local...
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WHY aren’t you communicating the WHY?

The premise:  No one cares what you’re doing until they understand why you’re doing it.  As church leaders, it is vitally important to communicate the WHY if we expect/want people to follow our leadership. Tim Peters offers three ways to communicate the WHY of what you’re trying to accomplish #1 – Communicate with Consistency  Vision leaks.  You must constantly keep the vision, the WHY, in front of the people you are leading.  Every announcement, event, message – everything – must be an opportunity to communicate the WHY. #2 – Communicate with Urgency It’s the...
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Bad Execution of a Great Vision

You can have the best vision in the world, but without great execution, you’ll get sidetracked.  Every time. Will Mancini has some great thoughts on how NOT to get sidetracked.  He shares 6 common mistakes on implementation and execution that you may want to consider: #1 Spinning Wheel Decision-making. Sometimes a team can have a great vision process only to get bogged down in complex or ineffective decision-making after the fact. On a car ride of a thousand miles, the spark plugs fire a thousands times each mile. If the little steps to make the vision happen don’t fire, you’ll only putter...
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Rick Warren’s Year End Chat

Well… let’s try this again… yesterday I posted what I thought was a link to Rick Warren’s year-end message to pastors… except I forgot to include the link.  So much for my new year’s resolution. Here are some year-end points from Rick, then I’ll try (again) to link to the video.  You can catch more at Pastors.com, of course: As pastors we live with the constant tension between the ideal (our dream for our church) and the real (how things actually are). Here are 10 key Looking forward to 2012 points that would be good to remember this coming year...
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Signs You are Coasting

Will Mancini writes: I was recently dialoguing with a very successful pastor about the ten-year vision horizon of the large church he pastors. He made a striking comment. “I don’t want to coast on original vision.” It made me wonder, how do you know if you might be coasting on a vision that “used to be?” You use adjectives that position the vision as historical: original, founding, previous, last season, former chapter, etc. You have increasing realization of how far you God has taken your ministry in the last five or ten years. You actually feel less excited about a...
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