The Best Thing I Learned at re:group Day #1

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It was close and there were a couple other ideas that were almost as good…but the best thing I learned at re:group day #1 was about developing an organizational battle plan from Jeff Henderson.

[quote]Henderson is currently the campus pastor at Gwinnett Church, one of North Point Ministries five churches in the metro Atlanta area.  Prior to joining the staff, Henderson was a marketing executive with Chick-fil-A.

He began his talk by setting the stage with a reference to Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Weaving in stories about a key moment in his marketing career and another about a moment that happened while leading Buckhead Church through a capital campaign (to build the building we were seated in), Henderson laid out how to develop a personal battle plan (personal advisory board, an unapologetic approach to taking care of yourself, and weekly check-ups).

Developing an Organizational Battle Plan

  1. Start with “what is.”  He said, “You don’t have to stay there, but you do have to start there.”  He also referenced Zechariah 4:10, “Who dares despise the day of small things.”
  2. Ask “What if?”  For example, “What if we could have a small group in every kitchen or living room in our community?  What if we could create accountability, belonging and care in little communities…”  He called for us to suspend how and ask “what if?”  My favorite line of the talk was, “‘How’ will never get in the way of people committed to ‘What if?'”
  3. Ask “Why not?”  He said, “This is how you push back in a Jesus loving way.”  Referring back to Ephesians 2:10 he said, “What if God prepared these ideas for you in advance?”  What if it’s your calling?

For a lover of great questions, this was a great start to the 1st day.  So much more to tell you.  Wish you had been here!  See also, Supercharge Your Ministry with These 5 Questions and Ministry in a Fog? Here are 6 Critical Questions That Create Clarity.

P.S. You can follow along on twitter with #regroup13

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