Monday, September 02, 2013

church programs

Sadly, far too many Church leaders, in their failure to understand basic leadership principles, turn to programs. They fail to understand that regardless of the program, without fundamental leadership skills, failure will result (again).

Obviously I'm speaking in the natural, i.e., without the Holy Spirit, none of this matters. But still, these leaders sadden me.

The following are basic points by Ed Stetzer. His post with explanations is here. It is written to address a culture of service but one could substitute anything in it's place, e.g., small groups, etc...

1 Peter 4:10 (HCSB) says, "Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God." The key word is each one. Each and every church member. But unfortunately, there is a huge chasm between this verse and what happens on a regular basis in our churches.
  1. Instill it
  2. Repeat it
  3. Celebrate it
Having a missional (sub anything here) culture established through instilling it, repeating it and celebrating it will provoke members to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). With that culture in place, they won't be asking if they should serve. The only questions will be where should I serve, among whom should I serve, and in what way can I serve. Those can be answered with the last factor in moving to missional—structure.

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