Leading in any context is challenging. You carry the burden of the people and the ministry or organization on your shoulders. Problems will hit your office. Not everyone will like …read more
From:: Eric Geiger
Today, I want to talk to you about the vote, voice, and view meeting framework. This framework helps you to strategically build culture, disseminate information, and develop leaders in your church by allowing them to see how key decisions are made. Let’s take a look.
First, it’s important to clarify if a person’s role is vote, voice, or view before inviting them to participate. Providing clarity on the frontend will allow the person to better understand expectations of their role and not distract from your team’s decision-making process.
If you have a vote, you’re sitting at the table. You are on, perhaps, a strategy team. You have the vote, the voice, and the view. If you have a vote, this is your role. You are influential and a key stakeholder in making strategic decisions for your church.
If you have a voice, you’re at the table because we want you to speak into a specific topic or present new information. You may not have a vote, but we value your point of view. You have a unique perspective or bring specific information that will add value to our conversation or decision. You may stay in for the whole meeting, or be asked to leave, or be asked to move from the table. But you are there specifically because we want your voice.
If you have a view, you are in the conversation to observe. This may sound harsh, but you do not speak until you are spoken to. You are here to listen and learn the process and watch how we engage in healthy conflict in decision making.
Using this framework allows your church to develop people as they learn how key decisions are made. As you invite others to vote, voice, or view, it instills trust in your church leadership and influences culture because the decision making process is not always behind closed doors with select individuals. Leaving everyone to wonder what they do in there.
Now that you understand the framework for vote, voice, and view, what are you going to do about it?
By Bryan Rose
1. Everyone going finds a place to serve, or stays. Mission is contagious- so is consumption.
2. Develop an identity within the core team. Walk the divisiveness line carefully, but call pioneers to bigger and better things.
3. Check your ego at the door. You don’t preach, be okay with that or find a small church to pastor.
4. It’s the Environment stupid. Environmental transformation is a conduit for life transformation- just like in High School, looks matter.
5. Bring your staff. Doesn’t matter if you pay them, identify leaders in key ministry areas and empower them to own the vision and lead the team.
6. You get what you pay for. Consultants and outfitters are worth keeping you focused on casting vision and building the core team.
7. Stay in the loop. Information is influence and your greatest source of power: keep your friends close; keep your senior pastor closer.
8. Parking, parking, parking. Venue evaluation begins and ends at the parking lot- access and availability drive the plan and the budget.
9. Settle the chain of command. Figure out vision and implementation: peer relationships inter-campus, direct reporting intra-campus.
10. Do your homework. Struggle with a business plan, evaluate demographics, and count the cost, God is big enough to speak in spreadsheets.
Training matters. In fact, training church leaders is a concept that is as old as the church itself. From Moses to Paul, biblical examples abound of individuals who led and served God’s people while raising new leaders to continue the work. The need for church training hasn’t changed, but training approaches have changed over time.
Ministry Grid gives your users access to train anytime, anywhere. Ministry Grid understands how difficult it may be to gather your church’s leaders or volunteers for training on a weeknight or Saturday morning. That’s why Ministry Grid allows users to access training videos from computers, smartphones, and tablets to watch on-the-go. These features allow your leaders to train at the time and place most convenient for them and equip them for ministry in your church.
So for the month of August, you can get unlimited access to Ministry Grid for YOUR ENTIRE CHURCH for just $399 a year. That comes out to just over $33 a month, less than the lowest monthly plan we currently offer. What we are trying to say is that you won’t find a better deal than this!
Whether you need training in kids ministry, student ministry, small groups, guest services, or Sunday School, we’ve got you covered. For more info on Ministry Grid or to purchase, click here.
By Paul Tripp
I was a very angry man in the midst of destroying my life, marriage, and ministry.
But I didn’t know it.
It took my wife’s questions and the Lord’s work to bring me to humility and brokenness, to the necessary pain of grace. I now see I was denying a significant reality we in ministry must keep in front of us: the presence and power of remaining sin.
We are justified by God’s grace and forgiven. We have this instant grace of God. However, we are still in process. We’re being sanctified, for the presence of sin remains even as it is progressively eradicated.
Ministry training can make us think our giftedness and biblical literary means spiritual maturity, yet a seminary degree does not equal a spiritual maturity degree. We can have knowledge and still be immature. There’s not a day of our lives when we don’t lay down empirical evidence of remaining sin. None of us are grace graduates.
The author of Hebrews warns us about sin’s scary spiritual progression
“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:12-13).
We used to be so sensitive. What we once knew can fade. Room opens up for more: the subtle patterns of sin. Anger, lust, materialism, greed. When we first came to Christ, we might not have let them into our lives. Now, they’ve become a pattern.
We’re faced with two responses: 1) admit our sin or 2) use our systems of self-justification that makes sin acceptable to our conscience. Everyone is a skilled self-swindler, activating internal lawyers to rise to our defense, arguing for our righteousness instead of running to the rescue of God’s grace. We’ve told ourselves we don’t need it.
We move from justifying our patterns of sin to unbelief. We back away from the clear indictment of the Word of God and conviction of the Holy Spirit. We make excuses. We decide that lust is appreciating God’s creation. Gossip becomes an extended prayer request. Our pastoral search for power and control is exercising God-given leadership.
We’ve moved from believing the truth of Scripture to believing what we tell ourselves.
Clear acceptance of the Word of God used to be our anchor, but when the anchor is cut off, we go off to places we were not meant to be. We turn away and play games with conviction and with what the Word of God says so that it doesn’t indict us.
We’ve turned. Our hearts are hardened. The sin we once couldn’t have done, we now do, and it doesn’t plague us.
The author of Hebrews doesn’t just describe this progression but gives a call: “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:13).
Our sin first deceives us. We can see sin in others but are surprised when others point it out in us. The most significant aspect of spiritual blindness is that we’re blind to our own blindness.
Give up any thought that no one knows you better than you know yourself. It is impossible for you to know yourself as well as you think you do because sin blinds. Personal, spiritual insight is the result of community. Self-examination is a community project.
We need each other to see our sin. It is unsafe for anyone in ministry to live in isolation from the sanctifying ministries of the body of Christ.
Pastors are not an exception. Nowhere in the New Testament is a pastor not a member of the body of Christ. If Christ is the head, then everything else is just the body.
To help me remember I am a part of this body, I say three prayers before my feet even touch the floor each morning:
We must commit to a church culture of helping each other by having the humility of approachability and the courage of loving honesty. Our belief in the restorative cross of Christ allows us to be the most honest community because every exposed sin has been fully dealt with by Christ’s cross.
We’re too easily satisfied with self-justifying our sin. Thankfully, we serve a dissatisfied Redeemer who will not relent in the work of his grace until every microbe of sin has been removed from every child of His.
Adapted from Pipeline 2016: Developing Your Leadership Pipeline. To learn more about how to lead in discipleship, check out our free Ministry Grid courses Introduction to Leadership Pipeline and Leadership Pipeline Competency Overview.
Today I want to talk to you about the virtuous cycle of learning. You’ve probably heard the saying that “Leaders are learners.” And while that is true, I would add that leaders are also teachers.
If you’d heard me talk about leadership pipeline, you’ve likely heard me discuss the importance of learning, leading, and multiplying in development. In every level of your church’s leadership pipeline, from volunteers to senior leadership, people should learn and become competent in the role. Then they should lead in that role. Then they should multiply themselves in that role.
Many people will never progress leadership levels in your pipeline, and that’s okay. But if they are learning and leading, we must get them to multiply themselves. The way we do that is through a virtuous cycle of learning.
In the Leadership Engine by Noel Tichy, he discusses the importance of a teachable point of view. It’s not only about learning; it’s about being able to teach what you’re learning to someone else. By doing that you actually learn it better yourself. You develop as a leader, but you are also developing another.
For example, say I’m a small group leader and developing an apprentice. My own development as a leader doesn’t end just because I’m teaching an apprentice to do my job. Sure, I’m sharing my knowledge with them, but development for me happens as I walk through what I’m learning with my apprentice. That’s the virtuous cycle of learning. In doing this, I’m modeling multiplication and a healthy culture of development for my apprentice so that they can do the same with someone else.
Now that you understand the importance of the virtuous cycle of learning, what are you going to do about it?
By Greg Laurie
OK, this is a confession.
By nature, I am not a patient person.
If I’m driving on the freeway and one lane moves slightly faster than another, I’m the guy who you might not like at all – weaving in and out of the lanes, pushing to get wherever I’m going just a little bit faster. When I go to the supermarket, I carefully survey which line is longest before I commit. And when I get in that “10 items or less” aisle … am I the only person who actually counts the items in the other people’s carts to see if they fall within in the allotted amount?
“Excuse me, but this man has 11 items! Please stop him now!”
When I go to pick up pizza and bring it home for my family, I can’t resist the temptation to have at least two pieces before I get home. How many times have I scorched the roof of my mouth with the burning cheese of a pizza that needed to cool down first? It’s not a pretty picture.
For that reason, when God tells me I need to be patient when it comes to sharing my faith, it’s not that easy for me. I like results.
However, just as a fisherman often must sit quietly in his boat for hours at a time patiently awaiting the first bite, so we who “fish for people” must be patient. We may not catch anything on a particular day – or week, or month – but we go back again and again, making the most of every opportunity to speak a word about what Christ has done for us.
It’s important to remember that we may not see any receptivity, change or turning in someone’s life at the end of a given conversation. But that’s OK. We have heard so many stories over the years of those who have attended our Harvest events and didn’t commit their lives to Christ at the actual crusade – but came to the Lord later. Even much later.
Sometimes it’s no later than when they step out into the stadium parking lot after the meeting. At other times it may be a day, a week, a few months or even years later.
Greg Laurie may not be patient sometimes, but fishermen are. And so are farmers. Consider a farmer planting his field. Seed is sown, but it germinates at different times. So it is when we share the Gospel message with others. The “seed” is sown, yes. But it may not take root in some people as quickly as it does in others. Sometimes a seed sown today may not break ground until later – perhaps in a rare moment of reflection or a personal crisis.
I remember hearing one story of a father and son who were out in downtown Waikiki handing out fliers for our Harvest Crusade. The little boy asked his dad if he could give one of the fliers to a rather burly, menacing-looking, body-pierced man. The dad somewhat reluctantly agreed, keeping a close watch on his son.
The boy cautiously approached this big, muscular guy and timidly gave him the flier. This big man didn’t even smile at the little guy. In fact, he promptly snatched the flier and wadded it up in his hand. The little boy beat a quick retreat, and from all appearances, it seemed like a failed encounter. But things aren’t always as they seem – especially when God is involved.
That evening when the invitation to come to Christ was given at the crusade, that little boy and his dad were waiting on the field as counselors to welcome those coming forward. One of the first was that burly guy from Waikiki, coming to receive Christ!
Sometimes the seeds we sow today may not break ground for months or years. I have preached at many funeral services where people who had been witnessed to previously by the deceased finally made a decision to follow Christ. Some of these people had heard the Gospel message for decades – but it wasn’t until the person who had shared with them had gone on to be with the Lord that they were ready to commit their lives to Jesus.
So be patient, even if you aren’t naturally patient. Be willing to wait. You may have such a deep concern for someone that this is extremely difficult. But trust God, cast your line, pray, and wait for Him to work.
We must be sensitive to the timing and leading of the Holy Spirit. As Scripture reminds us, we must “be ready in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2). This could also be translated, “Be on duty at all times.” We need to be ready when it comes to telling others about the Lord.
I read the story of a fisherman named Larry Shaw, who was testing an outboard propeller on a lake in Ohio a few years ago. There, in a cove, he spotted a gigantic muskellunge fish near the surface. Shaw motored toward it and unsuccessfully cast out his line several times before the fish disappeared.
A half hour later, Shaw returned to the cove where he had first spotted the big muskie. It was back! Shaw turned on the electric trolling motor and headed toward the beast. As he crept closer, the massive fish suddenly started swimming directly toward the boat. Shaw quickly put on a leather glove and plunged his arm into the water, grabbing the fish behind the gills. That old fish started thrashing and twisting, but he finally wrestled the monster into the boat. The muskie weighed in at over 53 pounds.
When asked about his prize fish, Shaw shrugged and said, “I was at the right place at the right time – and was fool enough to grab it.”
That’s the same attitude we should have in fishing for people. Being at the right place at the right time – and being “fool enough” to take a risk – to tell your story – to share the Word of Life.
Then step back and watch God work.
Greg Laurie serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California.
One of the main ministries of LifeWay Christian Resources is is providing Bible studies for churches. In fact, it is the very resource on which LifeWay has been built for over 120 years. LifeWay offers three main lines of curriculum (along with numerous short term studies) for churches, each taking a specific starting point on the biblical text and going from there.
We know that the effectiveness of a Bible study, especially in a group context, is tied to the leader. Are they prepared? Do they understand the material? Can they answer questions about it?
We also know that training group leaders is a challenging thing to do because of time constraints, scheduling conflicts, varying experience levels, and more. So the question is: Are the leaders for your church’s groups well-prepared and ready to shepherd others?
In order to help churches effectively train their leaders, Ministry Grid offers free online video training. Leaders can watch a brief video tied to each session they will be going through and hear from those who helped create the lessons. We offer this session-by-session training for all age levels – adult, student, and kids. It will clarify the main points, questions, and challenging subjects.
As each line releases new studies, Ministry Grid will continue to offer this video training so that group leaders have all the resources they need to lead others well in the study of God’s word.
If leaders in your groups enjoy and respond well to this sort of video training, you may be interested in our full Ministry Grid library of over 3,000 training videos. And for the month of August, you can purchase an unlimited Ministry Grid subscription for your entire church for only $399. (Yes, you read that right!) For more info, click here.
By Carey Nieuwhof
Ask yourself: would you volunteer to work for you? If your answer is no, as it has been at times in my own life, you must then ask yourself why?. How do you get incredible leaders and phenomenal people to volunteer? High capacity leaders don’t randomly assemble, you have to create the environment in which they thrive. Here are seven ways to do that.
There is no mission in the world that is more significant than yours. What if we challenged volunteers to believe that? We would see a culture develop that causes leaders to rise to the occasion, and our ministries would be better for it. People with significant leadership giftings respond best to significant challenges. Instead of pitching volunteer opportunities in a way that avoids commitment (such as rotating youth volunteers every week), you can recruit fewer volunteers and see more fruit from a higher level of commitment and deeper connection.
You must always reiterate the “how” behind the “what.” For example, if your mission is to “love God and love people,” everyone will support that. Then it becomes a matter of showing how your strategy supports that mission. Ultimately, your church is aligned. As leaders, we have to continually go back to mission, vision, and strategy. When we think that we have communicated the mission, most people still have not heard or they don’t remember. Keep communicating.
Few things are more demotivating to a volunteer than discovering that a staff member did not set them up to succeed. The staff’s job is to make it easy for the volunteers. They should be focused on relationships, people, and ministry, not be in a mad scramble to get things organized. Volunteer ministry is hard enough. Give them what they need when they need it.
Your organization will drift to the level of accountability that your team leader establishes. Don’t let volunteers off the hook. Hold them to the standards you set, and if they are not meeting those standards, help them find a place to serve that is a better fit. This helps preserve the environment of your team and allows the volunteer to find another team on which they will thrive.
You should spend 80 percent of your time with the people who give you 80 percent of your results. We are naturally inclined to do the opposite, but it is futile. Let the other 20 percent go. Spend time with your champions. It’s a biblical model (see Exodus 18 and Acts 3).
Like attracts like and keeps like. People look for those who are like them. If you are normally a prepared, punctual person, you will feel out of place on a team of disorganized and perpetually late people. It is not always easy to get high capacity people; they need to be courted, because they want to see that it is a mission worth commitment. The best thing you can do for them is introduce them to other high capacity leaders.
Paying people does not scale. Eventually, you run out of money. Instead, you must run on volunteers, and they must be motivated. People gravitate to where they are valued most, and leave where they are not valued. If you can get people engaged, then they will want to volunteer. Pay them in gratitude, attention (calling them by name, looking them in the eye, having a conversation), trust (let them figure out ways to do their job better), empowerment, and respect. Call out the best in people.
Would you volunteer for you? Under these conditions, the answer might be yes.
Adapted from Pipeline West 2018. To learn more about how to create a culture of ongoing recruiting and development in your church, check out our free Ministry Grid course Pipeline: Creating a Culture of Recruiting.
In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins is joined by Bryan Rose, Lead Navigator for Auxano. During their conversation, they discuss the following questions:
“As we read Paul’s letters, we can see the church was one church in multiple locations.”
“Yes, it’s biblical. How is it biblical? Well, the church is always called to respond to its local context.”
“Every church is unique, and part of that uniqueness is the context.”
“Multisite is a replication of systems and processes that improves efficiency and in some statistical studies raises the chances of success higher than church planting because of the connection.”
“Most people go to multisite for practical reasons: they run out of space, they don’t want to add a third or a fourth service.”
“You can’t commute to community.”
“We’ve got people who are already engaged in their community where they live, work, and play. Why are we asking the to commute in for service?”
“Or we tell people in those settings, you need to invite your neighbors and friends. And they are looking at us saying our neighbors would have to commute 45 minutes to an hour to come to this service. Are you kidding me?”
“Our context around us has changed. We still want to reach where we are, but we also know we need to reach who we are, not just where we are.”
“They are reaching towns of 130 people with what is essentially a house church multisite movement.”
“Contextually speaking, you have to look at you community and look at your church and see what is best for you.”
“There are plenty of people who have done it, they’ve done it all different ways, and all of them have made mistakes.”
“The 90 days leading up to launch and 90 days post launch are where everybody is a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10.”
“Be sure that you announce: Hey, don’t go to this campus unless you are going to lead or serve because we need your seat for lost people. Don’t come because it’s closer to you home and you think you are going got sit and soak and get all the amenities of the current location.”