How to turn your Church around From Settlers to Pioneers in Revitalization
Where is your Church?(What is the state of the church?) • Where are we? • Not compared to another church but compared to what God wants for your particular church. • Where do we need to go from here? • A vision from God (results) • What changes/key steps need to be made?
WHERE ARE YOU? Church LIFE LeadershipTeam LIFE Family LIFE Personal LIFE LEADER’S
Our Calling • JER 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. • JER 10:21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
Our Calling • JER 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. • JER 12:11 They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart.
Our Calling • JER 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. • JER 23:2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
ChurchLeadership table Positional Leader _______ Positional Leader _______ Positional Leader _______ Positional Leader _______ Leadership table Pastor Jesus Influential Leader _______ Influential Leader _______ Influential Leader _______
Declared & Real Values Realvalues Declaredvalues The further apart Real and Declared values are the more problems the leadership team will have.
A higher level of RESULTS Real values Effective Ministry is created Declared values The closer Real values are to Declared values the moreFruitwill be produced.
Leadership Alignment Alignment is the match between my individual dreams & goals and the goals of the church leadership “Why should I be aligned?”
“If the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?” I Corinthians 14:8
God’s Desire – United Leadership • Reason - Common Purpose – Dream • Strategy - Clear roles • Structure - Accepted Leadership • Method - Effective Processes and Action plans • Climate - Solid relationships • Means - Excellent Communication
Alignment Team work Church leader Church leader Church leader pastor Purpose Church leader Church leader Church leader When the leadership team is paddling in the same direction of one purpose or dream or goal there is progress.
Alignment NO Team work Church leader Church leader Church leader pastor Purpose Church leader Church leader Church leader When the leadership team is paddling in different directions. There is confusion & frustration.
Alignment • Pastor, you must set the course! • Out of your purpose and dream should come goals. • Think about these things (Core Values & leadership alignment) as you think about Goals……
Changing the Status Quo • Two ways or avenues we have as leaders to change the status quo. • Position • What are some issues that you would use your position to change? (Example – Doctrinal) • Personal Influence & sharing of knowledge • What are some issues that you would use your Personal Influence & sharing of knowledge to change?
Changing the Status Quo Power of Position 4. Change in Group Behavior 3. Change in Individual Behavior 2. Change in Attitude 1. Change in Knowledge Degree of Difficulty Time Power of Personal Influence
Jeremiah 3:15 “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Is this positional or personal influence & the sharing of knowledge? I Peter 5:3 “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.” Changing the Status Quo
Where is your church? • Growth • Numbers • Health • Fellowship • Reproduction • ___________?
Every Church Has A Life Cycle Ministry Nostalgia Questioning Structure Polarization Goals Beliefs Dropout Robert Dale In To Dream Again Dream
Characteristics of a Church Ministry Nostalgia Nurturing Parent Structure Rational Adult Questioning Goals Critical Parent Polarization Creative Child Belief Dropout Dream
Refocusing Every Church Has A Life Cycle On Evangelism and outreach Reenergizing Deal with some internal issues & refocus on outreach Restructuring Large internal changes & refocus on outreach Ed Stetzer In Comeback Churches Restarting
Discipler’s Role A Healthy Reproducing Church Witness Parent Servant Steward Encourager 1Cor 1:18 1Cor 2:1-5 1Cor 3:1-3 1Cor 3:5-6 1Cor 4:1 1Cor 3:10-16 1Cor 3:7-9 1Cor 4:6, 17 Co-laborer Multiplying Leader Emphasis Partnership Friendship Lordship Discipleship Leadership Spiritual Disciple Spiritual Babe . . : . .::.:: ::.::.:.::: . : . . .:.:.. . . . .:.:.:.:.:.: …. ... .::::. ::::: Unbeliever Task Evangelism Nurture Discipling Equipping Supporting Master Builder
Where are we as a Church? Every Church ought to be a healthy, soul winning, caring, reaching, teaching reproducing church! Would you agree or disagree?
Every Church ought to be reaching the Lost. WHY? • The Bible has told us so . . .
Matthew 28:17-20 • “When they saw him they worshiped him …Go ye therefore, and teach all nations(Ta Ethne- ethnic groups), baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. • A-men.” KJV
ACTS 1:8 " But you will receive power, when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
A lot are not fishing at all!
Sometimes we stick our nose into others business. I Peter 4:15 Some of our Churches are fussing and fighting
Some Church leaders are Lazy!
Have you seen churches do something like this? • How could they have prevented this? • Planning? • This is why were are in this meeting.
The Process of Planning Out of God’s Great commission (BIBLE) comes the Church’sPurpose Out of the church’s Purpose comes our dream Out of our dream come our goal (expected results, FAITH) Out of goal comes Action Plans Out of Action Plans comes a need for a Calendar of Activities, People to work and a Budget Out of Work come God’s given results – James “Faith without works is dead”
From these scriptures:“What is the Purposeof the Church?” My church exists to: ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________
Every Church Has A Life Cycle Original Dream
A New Dream DreamingNew dreamsWith the ability to Change Original Dream
Out of God’s Purpose comes a Dream • What kind of Christians do I dream of? • What kind of Church program must I develop to grow that Christian? • What kind of leadership team – volunteer and/or paid must I develop to produce my dream? • What kind of minister must I become to gather my dream team • What kind of support system do I need… family, peers • WHERE THERE IS NO VISION, THE PEOPLE PERISH Proverbs 29:18
Out of God’s Purpose comes a Dream • My dream (VISION) for my church is ... • OR -- Next year I see my church ... _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
EFFECTIVE GOALS • Are they Specific? • Are they Measurable? • Are they Attainable? • Are they Relevant? • Are they Time Sensitive? Are they God’s preferred future? Will you Celebrate and give God the glory when you reach them?? GOAL
Your Budget reflects your goals What are your goals? • How does our church actually spend its budget? • Mostly on buildings and properties? • Mostly on personnel salaries? • Mostly on national and foreign missions? • Mostly on local ministry and outreach? • Mostly on church education programs? • Do our budget expenditures flow outward on mission or inward on maintaining our congregation? • Which age groups are spotlighted via budget • Which organizations get the most money • Do we have any organizations or groups which have no access to budgeted funds?
Out of the Churches Purpose What Should be our GOALS? • Baptisms _____ • Worship attendance _____ • Cooperative Program giving _____ • Teachers trained/Leaders develop _____ • Classes started _____ • Ministries started _____ • Fellowship _____ • Structure _____ “Always more than the year before!” Tom Cheyney
Action Plans ACTION PLANS Answer the following questions: • What? • Where? • When? • Who? • How?
What does your road map look like? Vision, Values WHY: To win the lost I must or It’s sin!
What does your road map look like? Math.28:19 Strategy - HOW Mission Vision, Values Goals Enlist,Train and & Empower 3 “Seeker” home Bible Study Teams Baptize 26
What does your road map look like? Goals Math.28:19 Strategy Vision, Values Organization Mission Enlist,Train and & Empower 3 “Seeker” home Bible Study Teams Baptize 26 Prayer Strategy Go back & re-share WHY! Preach on Witnessing Celebrate ! ! ! H ost O rganizer T eacher Baptize Enlist ‘HOT’ team Visitation Start the STUDY Model The study Commission Teams Train Action Empower Go - Sow - Water - Cultivate