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5 Things I Wish You Knew as You Build Your Small Group Ministry

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In some ways, small group ministry is like a puzzle. A big puzzle with lots and lots of pieces.

And in other ways, it is really so simple. It’s not complicated. Sure, there are some things that are easy and obvious. And there are other things that might require a coach. Someone who has been there before.

There are some things I just wish everyone knew as they build their small group ministry. And believe me, the word “as” is an important word. A very important word.

You see, some things are so important they must be done concurrently. You can’t really build a thriving small group ministry in a growing church (or in a catch a moving train scenario) if you try to do it one step at a time.

5 things I wish you knew:

  1. You must build your coaching structure as you’re launching groups. If you believe what I do about unconnected people, you will spot this imperative right away. You will know you don’t have time to build a coaching structure first. You will also know that you can’t expect to sustain the new groups you launch if you aren’t building an effective coaching structure. It’s not either/or. It’s both/and. See also, 5 Obstacles to Building an Effective Coaching Structure.
  2. You must focus on launching new groups as you are training leaders to fish for new members. If you want to build a thriving small group ministry you must focus on launching new groups. If you want to build a thriving small group ministry you must help existing small groups learn to fish for new members (rather than relying on you to send them new members). Existing leaders will always want to be prioritized. Catering to the weakest is a losing proposition. See also, Critical Decision: Add Members to Existing Groups vs. Launching New Groups.
  3. You must work hard to sustain new groups as you’re prioritizing new groups. Related to the previous thing I wish you knew, this is slightly different. Launching new groups must be your priority but working hard to sustain as many of your newest groups as possible is an essential activity. It is not a nice extra. Launching new groups, whether via a church-wide campaign, small group connection, or short-term on-campus strategy, takes a lot of energy. Anytime this much energy is expended, you must capitalize. To launch new groups without a well-thought-out, detailed plan to sustain as many new groups as possible is to waste energy. See also, 5 Steps to Sustaining the New Groups You Launch.
  4. You must position your senior pastor as small group champion as you become a behind-the-scenes strategist. You may believe you are the best on your staff team at casting vision for community. You may actually be the best on your staff team at casting vision for community. It doesn’t matter. The most influential person in almost every church is the senior pastor. Exceptions are very, very, rare. If you want to build a thriving small group ministry you must leverage the influence of the most influential person in the church. And you must own the behind-the-scenes “strategery.” If you’re not yet a great strategist, become one. Read the best books and blogs. Listen to the right podcasts. Go to the right conferences. Network with the smartest people. Building a thriving small group ministry requires leveraging the most influential person and becoming a shrewd strategist. See also, Your Senior Pastor as Small Group Champion Leads to a Church OF Groups.
  5. You must focus on making disciples as you connect connect unconnected people. Never let anyone tell you this is an either/or proposition. Anyone who suggests this is an either/or needs to re-read the Gospels. The only worthwhile small group systems, models or strategies make disciples as they connect unconnected people. Almost everyone who suggests making disciples requires a separate program for disciple-making is hoping to sell you something. See also, 5 Keys to Building a Small Group Ministry at the Corner of “Belonging” and “Becoming”.

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5 Lightbulb Insights that Clarified Small Group Ministry for Me

7324829530_86718b1a19_cHave you ever suddenly noticed something so obvious and then wondered how in the world you could have missed it before?

Call it what you want, when you see (and understand) certain things for the first time it really is like a 100-watt lightbulb suddenly illuminating the room. And some lightbulb moments–insights–are such game-changers you literally never see things the same way again.

5 lightbulb insights that clarified small group ministry for me:

  • New groups are the key to connecting more people. It is very tempting to assist dwindling groups by “sending them another couple or two,” but adding unconnected people to existing groups rarely leads to an effective connection. The longer a group has been meeting the more impermeable the membrane around group members becomes. While there are exceptions, only the most brazen extroverts (or friends of existing members) can break through beyond 3 to 4 months. The most effective way to connect unconnected people is to focus on launching new groups. See also, Critical Decision: Add Members to Existing Groups vs Start New Groups?
  • Matchmaking is a dead end. The sooner you stop facilitating matchmaking (attempting to find the perfect group for everyone who fills out a sign-up form), the sooner you can focus your limited attention on the most effective activities. Eliminating every “sign-up to join a group” opportunity (guest card, letter to first timers, etc.) and instead offering periodic opportunities to sign-up to attend a connection will add hours to your week that can be focused on more productive activities. See also, 5 Stupid Things Small Group Pastors Need to Stop Doing.
  • What is done to and for the leader determines what happens in the lives of their members. A small group may be the optimal environment for life-change, but without a leader who has already experienced (or is experiencing) whatever you want to happen in the lives of the members of the group…it will be a meager experience. Curriculum can help keep a Bible study on the rails. Training in technique can assist the leader in leading a lively discussion. Training in abiding by the guidelines of a group agreement can fabricate a functional group. But if you want the members of the group to truly experience life-change, you must have a leader (or be developing a leader) who has already experienced what you want the members to experience. And this understanding determines the true role of a coach. See also, 7 Things You Must Do TO and FOR Your Small Group Leaders.
  • Coaching is not about technique. New leaders will either figure out everything they need to know about how to lead their group (technique) in the first 3 months, or the group won’t make it. Most new leaders will benefit from coaching in the techniques of leading an effective discussion, understanding and leveraging group dynamics, including the more reserved members of their group and limiting the contributions of the more dominant personalities in their group. But while most new leaders will benefit from some coaching on technique, it is what a coach can offer beyond the first 3 months that will ultimately have the greatest impact on the leader and the members of the group. A life-changing relationship with a spiritual mentor a few steps ahead who can do to and for the leader whatever you want the leader to do to and for the members of the group is a game-changer. See also, 20 Frequently Asked Questions about Small Group Coaching.
  • Retroactively assigning coaches to existing leaders almost never works. “We need to assign every group leader to a coach” is one of the most potentially dangerous conclusions a small group pastor can come to. Another dangerous conclusion is that having a 1 to 5 ratio (coach to leader) is more important than having the right people in the role of a coach (often leading to recruiting warm and willing coaches as opposed to hot and qualified). New leaders who make it through the first several months without a coach’s help know they do not need a coach. After all, if a coach was an essential ingredient (and they didn’t have one) their group would have died prematurely, right? Wise small group pastors identify, recruit and develop coaches who can be assigned to help new leaders get off to a great start and establish a relationship that will endure well beyond the initial 3 months. See also, 5 Toxic Small Group Ministry Moves.

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Have You Identified the Milestones that Lead to Your Preferred Future?

milestoneDo you have a clearly defined preferred future but still struggle to know whether you are moving in the right direction or will ever arrive? If so, it may be that you’ve missed an essential step in the process. What step? Developing milestones that lead to your preferred future (and indicate you are moving in the right direction).

What is a milestone? Webster defines a milestone as “a stone by the side of a road that shows the distance in miles to a specified place.” A modern understanding of milestone is “an important point in the progress or development of something : a very important event or advance.” For our purposes, a milestone is an attainable step that points to the preferred future. See also, Are We There Yet? Milestones that Lead to the Preferred Future.

The identification of milestones is an essential step in the strategy of arriving or progressing toward a preferred future. Milestones also play an important role in the strategy of developing “next steps for everyone and first steps for their friends.”

Here are some examples of milestones:

  • By December of 2016, we will have 100 small groups, and 70 percent of them will have an apprentice.
  • By June of 2016, we will have 10 test-drive “coaches” and every new group will be assigned a coach.
  • By Easter of 2016, we will implement a “first step out of the auditorium that is easy, obvious and strategic.”
  • By September of 2016, we will identify a single best next step for everyone (core, committed, congregation and crowd) and a first step for their friends (community).

Have a question?  You can click here to jump into the conversation.

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5 Problems Only an Experienced Small Group Pastor Recognizes

experiencedThere are certain problems only an experienced small group pastor recognizes. Without the wisdom produced by multiple rodeos, less experienced small group pastors often operate from a wishful thinking kind of optimism born of naïveté.

Don’t get me wrong. There are certainly new small group pastors who are quick learners and wiser beyond their years. And there are also long-time small group pastors who still haven’t learned to recognize certain problems.

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a wiser than your years rookie, this set of problems only an experienced small group pastor recognizes will make life better if you learn to spot them (and apply the right steps to mitigate or solve them).

5 problems only an experienced small group pastor recognizes:

  1. Certain coaches on your coaching team are the wrong people. You cannot build an effective coaching structure with anything less than higher capacity men and women who are both fruitful and fulfilled in the role of a coach. Recruiting warm and willing people who lack capacity and are only fruitful or fulfilled leads to an ineffective coaching structure. Turning a blind eye to less-than-qualified members of your coaching team only perpetuates the problem. Experienced small group pastors recognize the members of the coaching team in the wrong role and skillfully move to replace them. See also, 6 Characteristics of an Effective Small Group Coach.
  2. Your senior pastor’s lack of engagement has created a lid. Your senior pastor as small group champion is not an optional ingredient and there is no real workaround. While there are things you can do if you realize change is unlikely your senior pastor’s lack of engagement is a problem that needs to be recognized for what it is and acknowledged. This  limitation is a design element that cannot help but affect your results. See also, Small Group Ministry Roadblock #1: A Doubtful or Conflicted Senior Pastor.
  3. Lack of clarity about the best next step has created a lid. More options does not lead to more next steps being taken. The larger the menu the more difficult it is to choose and the more likely outcome is a kind of decision paralysis. The hard and challenging work of trimming the belong and become menu is the solution but trimming comes hand in hand with “last 10%” conversations and hard fought decisions. See also, Small Group Ministry Roadblock #2: A Bloated Belong and Become Menu.
  4. Your strategy will not consistently make disciples. If making disciples is the end game (and it should be), then a strategy that is not making disciples consistently is a problem. While there are no problem-free strategies (wise leaders simply choose the set of problems they’d rather have), this is a problem that experienced small group pastors will recognize and take steps to correct. See also, 5 Signs You May Have a Bad Disciple-Making Strategy.
  5. Your strategy cannot produce new leaders fast enough. When your weekend attendance is growing and you’re not adding new groups (with new leaders) faster it is a problem. When your percentage connected remains flatlined whether your attendance is growing or remains steady, it is a problem. Experienced small group pastors recognize that their leader identification and development strategy is inadequate and do something about it. See also, 6 Steps to Building a Leader Development Process.

What do you think?  Have a question?  Want to argue? You can click here to jump into the conversation.

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5 Ways Your Small Group Ministry Needs to Change…Today

changeCan you feel it yet in your community? Are you recognizing the signs that there is a change in the wind? Does your small group ministry have the design that will work effectively in light of the seismic changes happening in our culture?

Ed Stetzer has famously pointed out that “if the 1950s came back many churches are ready.”

Is your small group ministry designed to meet the needs of the 21st century? How might your ministry need to change?

Here are 5 ways your small group ministry needs to change today:

  1. Decentralize leader development. If you’re still offering a centralized and synchronous form of leader development as the primary way you develop leaders…you are out of touch with two important cultural shifts. The calendars and commitments of your leaders are not that different from the rest of your congregation and crowd. Busy, overcommitted men and women are already able to time-shift virtually every other thing they do. Taking steps to decentralize and offer asynchronous training does more than make it convenient. They make it possible to influence and develop 21st century leaders.
  2. Focus vision and training on cultivating friendships in the community. Every day it becomes more and more common for the most likely invitation to be “come over” to my house (as opposed to “come with” me to church). As the shift to a Post-Christian America accelerates, it becomes ever more important to envision and equip members to invest in their neighbors, co-workers, acquaintances and family, cultivating genuine friendships in the community.
  3. Tilt connecting strategies to established strong ties. If all of your connecting strategies depend on unconnected attenders signing up to attend an event that happens on-campus you are already missing out on the most natural way to connect people. The least connected people in your congregation and crowd are almost always the most connected people in the community. When the least connected people in your congregation and crowd participate in a social event (office party, block party, Little League game, softball league, etc.), they are strengthening ties with people who have never attended your church. Why not leverage these already established strong ties?
  4. Create culturally aware value-added next steps and first steps. If the next steps (out of the auditorium) and first steps (from the community) you are offering depend on an established Christian interest or worldview (i.e., Men’s Fraternity, Beth Moore Bible studies, Precepts, etc.), you need to be aware that the needs and interests of the unconnected attenders in your congregation and crowd are not that different than those in the community. Identifying, creating and offering next steps and first steps that appeal to those with a Post-Christian worldview (single parenting skills, budgeting, etc.) is already an essential ingredient.
  5. Infuse ordinary grouplife with connection to a cross-cultural cause. Involvement in providing clean water, orphan care, or stopping human trafficking are three of the most cross-cultural causes. Small groups have commonly been involved with supporting missionaries and local and global church planting efforts. When caring for the least becomes part of ordinary grouplife, the causes your small groups are involved in become more relevant to neighbors, co-workers, acquaintances, and family.

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How to Launch a Small Group Ministry

launch a small group ministryPlanning to launch a small group ministry but not sure what to do first? In my experience there are four key steps to launching a small group ministry. These steps are not hard, but they do require some thinking and decision making. There are also a couple shortcuts if you don’t have the discipline to take the necessary steps (see below for the shortcuts).

Four steps to launching a small group ministry:

  1. Answer fundamental questions. Before you do anything else, you need to answer some fundamental questions. “What business you will be in?” “Who will be your customer?” and “What will you call success?” are three of a set of very important questions that I believe must be answered first. These answers allow you to begin with the end in mind and help you avoid time consuming and costly backtracking. One of the most common reasons small group ministries fail to get off the ground is a lack of clarity about the answers to these questions. See also, 7 Steps I’d Take If I Was Starting Today.
  2. Determine the end in mind. Only after determining the answers to fundamental questions would it be wise to begin to develop a preferred future for your small group ministry. Developing a preferred future, a well thought out vision for what you want things to look like 10 years from now, can help you see clearly what will need to happen first and 15 to 18 months from now. See also, Start with the End in MindCreating Your “Refined” Preferred Future and Is Your Preferred Future Grand Enough?.
  3. Choose a small group system, model or strategy. Once you’ve determined your preferred future, what you want things to look like 10 years from now, you will be ready to choose a small group system, model or strategy. Once you’ve determined a preferred future, a destination, it becomes easier to decide on a small group system that will take you where you want to go. For example, you may determine that because you need to connect a larger number of people in the first 2 years, you can’t rely on a system that organically develops new leaders every 18 months. See also, Breaking: No Problem-Free Small Group System, Model or Strategy.
  4. Evaluate after every ministry season. You should be evaluating the effectiveness of your ministry on a regular basis. Not that you would choose a new system after one season, but you should be determining what went right and what went wrong, what was missing or confused after the season is over. Developing the habit of evaluating everything will protect you from getting miles off course or wasting time on a strategy that is ill-suited for your needs. See also, How Are You Evaluating Your Small Group Ministry?

As I mentioned, there are a couple shortcuts to launching. You could hire a coach (someone who could walk you more quickly through the fundamental questions and decisions). Or you could skip the preliminaries and simply run a strategy that will launch a lot of new groups and connect a lot of unconnected people in a wave (i.e., launch a church-wide campaign or a small group connection). See also, 10 Simple Steps to a Great Church-Wide Campaign and How to Launch Groups Using a Small Group Connection.

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6 Steps to Building a Leader Development Process (that Meets Your Congregation’s Needs and Expectations)

processI frequently hear from small group pastors that their senior pastors or congregational leaders are uncomfortable with newer strategies for identifying and recruiting leaders.

They’ll tell me things like, “I love hearing about the 75 new leaders that were chosen by group members at your life group connections or the 300+ people who said they had a couple friends they’d like to do the Transformed study with, but my senior pastor would never go for that.”

“I love hearing about the 75 new leaders that were chosen at a life group connection or the 300+ people who said they had a couple friends they’d like to do the Transformed study with, but my senior pastor would never go for that.”

And I get it. In my experience, some senior pastors are keenly aware that traditional methods of leader recruiting haven’t produced new leaders fast enough to keep up with the demand (in order to connect unconnected people in their congregations). Still, their cautions and concerns prevent them from signing off on new strategies that are reportedly are working elsewhere. Genuinely concerned for the safety of their flock, they’ve determined there must be a problem-free solution. And In their pursuit of problem-free, they’re stuck with ineffective.

Does that sound familiar? Is that your story? Or maybe a version of your story?

If that’s your story, I’d like to give you some key steps to building (or proposing) a leader development process that fits your congregation’s needs and expectations.

6 Steps to Building a Leader Development Process

First, develop a clear understanding of the kind of leader you’d like to have. It may not occur to you, but if you want to build a robust system that develops the kind of leaders you long to have…this is where you must start. Only by spending the necessary time to fully understand the leaders of your preferred future will you have any chance of arriving. See also, The Preferred Future for Small Group Leaders.

Second, determine the minimum number of your preferred future small group leaders that you need today (to adequately care for and disciple your average weekend adult attendance in worship). Keep in mind that unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at your church again. Determining this number (and in most cases recognizing a shortfall) will provide the needed motivation to reconsider your current strategy for identifying, recruiting and developing leaders.

Third, develop a list of additional strategies for identifying new leader candidates. Remember, your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing. If you don’t like the results, you must change the design. There are many ways to discover additional leaders. Put a good team to work developing the list. See also, 8 Secrets for Discovering an Unlimited Number of Small Group Leaders.

Fourth, carefully articulate the problems associated with each of the strategies you identify. Be sure you include your current strategy for identifying leaders in the list of strategies you are evaluating. Use a separate flip chart page for each strategy and thoroughly list the problems of each.

Fifth, choose the set(s) of problems you’d rather have. Don’t miss this step. Remember, there are no problem-free strategies. Every strategy comes with a set of problems. Wise leaders simply choose the set of problems they’d rather have. See also, Problem-Free Leader Identification and Recruitment.

Sixth, design a development process that will help new leaders become preferred future leaders. This is a very important step. Don’t miss it. The truth is you will probably not discover an untapped supply of fully qualified leaders who fit your preferred future. You will have to make them. You will have to develop a pathway that will make it easy to begin and nearly automatic to develop in the direction of the preferred future. See also, Steve Gladen on Saddleback’s Leadership Pathway.

What do you think?  Have a question?  You can click here to jump into the conversation.

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Foundational Teaching: Next Steps for EVERYONE

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An important aspect of my ministry strategy is that there needs to be next steps for every Ridger and first steps for their friends. This informs an analysis of the menu of available programs, events, classes and studies for every church (noticeable gaps will need to be filled). Another important aspect is my conviction that whatever you want to happen at the member level, will have to happen to the leader first. See also, Life-Change at the Member Level and How to Design Next Steps and First Steps.

In an effort to cast this vision, I handed out a version of the following at a recent leader development session:


What’s Your Next Step Now?

In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul wrote these words:

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:12-14 (NLT)

“Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on.”

Like Paul, we each have some distance ahead in our journey as we press on to reach the end of the race. And as important as it is to know we have not yet arrived and have a journey ahead, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

It’s one thing to take a step. It’s another thing entirely to take the right next step. In order to take the right next step you have to know two important things:

  • Where you are going.
  • Where you are.

Where are you going?

 In order to take the right next step, you need to know where you are going. In his letter to the church at Colossae, Paul expressed his hope for them with a phrase that is unmistakable:

“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” Colossians 1:28 (ESV)

“Mature in Christ.” Some translations read “fully mature” and others read “perfect” or “complete.” You get the idea. Where we are going is a long way off for most of us.

Mature in Christ. When Dallas Willard described maturity he said, “A mature disciple is one who effortlessly does what Jesus would do if Jesus were him.”

How are you doing? Are you effortlessly doing what Jesus would do if He were you?

Where are you now?

Knowing where you are going is important. Knowing where you are is also very important. Taking time on a regular basis to reflect on your spiritual development is an essential habit.

Where are you now? Or put another way, what would need to change for you to effortlessly do what Jesus would do if He were you?


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3 Small Group Ministry Missing Ingredients that Lead to a Bad Taste

missing ingredientYears ago my wife and I came home to find our son cleaning up the kitchen.

“I baked a chocolate cake today. Want a piece?”

The first bite revealed that something wasn’t right, but what was it? The cake was very crumbly and dry.

“Did you follow the recipe?” my wife asked with a furrowed brow.

“I wanted to make it less fattening so I didn’t add the oil or the egg.”

Try to bake a cake without certain ingredients and you’ll discover right away that something is amiss. It turns out that some ingredients are really not optional.

Guess what? The same thing is true in small group ministry. Oh…you can try to do it without certain things. And you might even fool yourself and some people. Just don’t miss the fact that when you serve it up it won’t taste quite right. And it might even be a little crumbly.

A few common missing ingredients

  • First steps that are easy, obvious, and strategic. Having a hard time developing traction in your small group ministry? Take a look at the steps that lead to groups. A first step that is too difficult or too hard to figure out is an obvious explanation for low engagement. Take a look at your menu while you’re at it. If you have menu options that don’t lead to groups (that are promoted equally alongside groups), it should be easy to figure out how important the missing ingredient is. See also, How Would You Rate the First Steps out of Your Auditorium?
  • Preoccupation with life-change. Settling for connection instead of designing for life-change leads to a less than desirable flavor in my view. Unless you are intentionally designing your groups for life-change, they will almost always drift in the direction of fellowship without discipleship and mission. Like Coca Cola without the co2, a group without the presence of life-change will always feel flat and will never last long. See also, Essential Ingredients for Life-Change.
  • Intentional span of care. Regardless of whether you use a high bar of leadership or a low bar of leadership, attempting to build a small group ministry without an appropriate and intentional span of care always leads to a failed experiment. If whatever you want to happen in the lives of the members of your groups must be experienced by the leaders first…you must build an effective coaching structure. If you don’t have one, you may not be able to put your finger on the missing ingredient, but you will know something is definitely amiss. See also, Model Whatever You Want to Happen at the Member Level.

Can you see how these missing ingredients might lead to a tasteless concoction?  Have a question?  Want to argue?  You can click here to jump into the conversation.

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“We Talk about Connecting Beyond 100%…but It’s Just Not Us.”

changeVery often, especially right after I post an article like 5 No-Brainer Characteristics of Churches that Actually Connect Beyond 100%, I’ll hear from readers that there church just doesn’t have it in them.

“We talk about connecting beyond 100% in small groups…but it’s just not us.”

Sometimes they’ll write, “As much as I’d like to be that kind of church, it’s just not in our DNA (or culture, or wiring, or you fill in the blank).”

Can I tell you what I tell them?

I believe it’s actually not true. I believe that just a like a person can change, so can a church. It won’t be easy. It won’t happen overnight. But it can happen.

My Personal Change Story

I lost 30 lbs over the last year. I had gained the weight over the two years we were in Chicago (great food, great friends, long winters). I decided it was time to get rid of the weight and made changes.

Here’s my plan: Eat healthier. Eat less. Walk more. Start running.

Can a Church Change?

I believe a church can change in the same way an individual can change. It won’t happen without a deep desire to change. It will need to be a shared desire. It will take a commitment to a process. A genuine resolve.

But with the right work a church can change.

My Canyon Ridge Change Story

I don’t have the space to tell you much of the story, but I can tell you this. I’ve almost been here four years. I agreed to come in part on the assurance that there was a commitment to have more adults in groups than attended the weekend worship service. There was also an acknowledgement that becoming that kind of church would require change; that continuing to do the same things would not produce different results.

In September of 2015 we took our fourth consecutive shot at a fall church-wide campaign. After each of the previous three attempts we thoroughly evaluated, collected learnings, and made new commitments. And after each of the previous three campaigns we acknowledged we were moving in the right direction but were not there yet.

The key learnings of the three previous campaigns were:

  • The emphasis on the campaign was diluted by competing programs
  • We didn’t start promoting early enough
  • We stopped promoting too soon
  • Our senior pastor didn’t seem fully engaged
  • We weren’t fully leveraging the weekend service

We learned from each attempt. And we did move forward, but not enough to break through.

This year? We had dramatically different results by finally embracing the things that needed to be done.

We’re not there yet. We are on the way. We’re different than we were. And we still have a long way to go. But…we are changing. And you can too.

By the way, I work with a few churches every year who want to change. If you want to find out how it works, just email me for more information.

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