Building the Engaged Church . Larry Hammond. Building An Engaged Church. What is a Strength? How Can You Identify Strengths How to Manage Non-Strengths. What is Engagement? Why Does It Matter? What Drives Engagement? How to Develop Engagement. Why Am I Here?. Background Passion Values
What is a Strength?
A strength is the ability to provide consistent, near-perfect performance in a given activity. This ability is a powerful, productive combination of talent, skill and knowledge.
Talents are naturally reoccurring patterns of thought, feeling or behavior that can be productively applied.
Unlike skills and knowledge, talents naturally exist within you and cannot be acquired.
(Ability to perform)
(What you know)
Skills are basic abilities to move through the fundamental steps of a given task.
They can be acquired and developed through formal or informal training.
Knowledge is, simply, what you know.
You can acquire knowledge through education or training.
When you enhance a talent by adding the right skills and useful knowledge, you have created a strength.
People don’t change that much.
Don’t waste time trying to
put in what was left out.
Try to draw out what was left in.
That is hard enough.
First, Break All The Rules
Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal.
“A leader is someone who can get things done through other people.”
Leaders stay true to who they are – and then make sure they have the right people around them.
A lesser talent becomes a weakness only when you try to use it.
Whenever possible, avoid using your areas of lesser talent.
Your spiritual gifts help you find what the ministry is that God wants to see you accomplish.
Your talents are God’s way of showing you how you will accomplish it.
Help your congregation discover their individual Spiritual Gifts and their talents.
Doing so will create a powerful combination as discovering Spiritual Gifts defines the outcome and discovering talents defines the steps.
If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything.
While our society encourages us to be well-rounded, this approach inadvertently breeds mediocrity.
“I’ve never met an effective leader who wasn’t aware of his talents and working to sharpen them.”
NATO Supreme Allied Commander (former)
When we focus on our talents, we are more effective at our tasks and roles.
We are also more successful, happy and fulfilled.
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I hope no one
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I will complete this
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When you discover your talents and link those talents with your passion, there is no telling what God can accomplish through you.
Perhaps the ultimate test of a leader is not what you are able to do in the “here and now” – but instead what continues to grow long after you’re gone.
To become healthy again, the Church needs to stop doing and start being.
We need to stop focusing on institutional preservation and instead focus on the basics and what it means to be the church.
Involvement is not engagement.
Involvement is what you do, in and for your church.
Engagement is how you feel about your church. Engagement is all about emotions.
Engagement describes a sense of belonging to a “family” that stems from one’s experience of making a meaningful contribution to an organization and realizing the value in it.
Church engagement is typically expressed in four themes:
1. life satisfaction
2. willingness to invite a friend to church
3. community service
4. financial giving
“Our church is really going in the wrong direction”
Three Member Types
“What a great experience, how do I get more involved”
These members may attend regularly, but they are not psychologically connected to their church.
Their connection to the church is more social than spiritual. They give moderately but not sacrificially and they may do a minimal amount of volunteering in the community. They are less likely to invite others and more likely to leave.
These members usually show up only once or twice a year, if at all.
They are on the membership rolls, and can tell you what church they belong to -- but may not be able to name the pastor.
In general, they are unhappy with their church and insist on sharing that unhappiness with just about everyone.
I am completely satisfied with my life.
In the last month, I have invited someone to participate in my congregation/parish.
How many volunteer hours a week do you give to help and serve others in your community?
How much have you given to further the church’s mission?
Outcomes are the result of causes.
In order to affect the outcomes that are the indicators of spiritual health, leaders must focus on improving the causes of spiritual health.
It does not work the other way around.
1. As a member of my congregation, I know what is expected of me.
2. In my congregation, my spiritual needs are met.
3. In my congregation, I regularly have the opportunity to do what I do best.
4. In the last month, I have received recognition or praise from someone in my congregation
5. The spiritual leaders in my congregation seem to care about me as a person
6. There is someone in my congregation who encourages spiritual development.
7. As a member of my congregation, my opinions seem to count.
8. The mission or purpose of my congregation makes me feel that my participation is important.
9. The other members of my congregation are committed to spiritual growth.
10. Aside from family members, I have a best friend in my congregation.
11. In the last six months, someone in my congregation has talked to me about the progress of my spiritual growth.
12. In my congregation, I have opportunities to learn and grow.
How do we Grow?
Do I Belong?
What do I Give?
What do I Get?
The foundation of spiritual commitment is congregational engagement.
Congregational engagement describes the emotional degree of belonging an individual has in his or her congregation.
The more engaged members there are in your church, the healthier it is. Focus on engagement and spiritual commitment will follow.
1. What are your talents and strengths?
2. What do you love to do?
3. If time and money were no object, what would you do for God?