Wednesday, February 29

When People Leave: Thoughts for Pastors

A lot of pastors deal with feelings of hurt And betrayal. Yes, pastors have feelings too. Here are some things I shared with them:

1. People will leave your church. No one likes it, but it can be the best and healthiest thing that could happen to your church.

2. Never sell out on the vision. Because at the end of the day you will never be able to keep vision vandals happy anyway.

3. People who want an audience instead of guidance will leave your church when you speak into their issues. But at the end of the day, it's a pastors responsibility to share Biblical truth and make disciples.

4. Even God has had 1/3 of heaven bail
out on him.

5. Sometimes God just moves people. He can do that because they are His sheep. However, He always moves them for mission.

How to Keep People

The past few weeks many of my conversations with pastors have had a common theme...how to KEEP PEOPLE. Honestly, no pastor wants to lose people, but as pastors, we have to guard against trying to keep everyone, or doing church to please everyone. I shared a few thoughts...

1. Help your church fall IN LOVE with Jesus. When people fall in love with Jesus, they wont exist in the church just to be pampered, but to worship.

2. Help your church to follow the example of JESUS who didn't come to be served, but to serve, and to GIVE HIS LIFE for others. IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU!

3. Don't fall into the trap of trying to please SOMEONE in order to keep them, because you will tick off EVERYONE, and the church is suppose to be about THE ONE WHO IS THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. 

4. Help the church move people from KINGDOM USERS to KINGDOM IMPACT PLAYERS. Kingdom users can walk away at any moment. They have either no investment or very little investment in the church. HOWEVER, remember sometimes God moves good people, this is the exception to the rule. KINGDOM IMPACT PLAYERS are vested in the body, they are a part of HEALTHY SMALL GROUPS, and involved on a MINISTRY TEAM.

5. DEAL WITH SIN. This is a big one. As pastors, when we see SPIRITUAL DRIFT, we must love people enough to speak to them EARLY IN THE DRIFT, as opposed to when things are too far gone. Some will respond amazingly well and will grow and stay.

GRANITE let's keep on keeping on for Jesus. LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE! Let's keep the main thing the main thing! Come on somebody!

Wednesday, February 1

How do you spell HEALTH...

I have been in coversations with our CAMPUS DEVELOPER (Court) about how to maintain healthy teams.  We believe the result of healthy teams will be a growing church and growing minitry teams.  So I wanted to jot down some of my thoughts here...

So how do you spell HEALTH as a leader?  How does a leader stay HEALTHY?  How does a leader promote HEALTH?  How does a leader lead HEALTHY?  Let me show you how to spell HEALTH, its...

C.O.M.M.U.N.I.T.Y.

Leaders take note of this, and listen very very carefully.  You want to be in ministry for the long haul?  You want to develop teams that stay in ministry for the long haul?  You have to be encouraged in ministry?  You want your ministry to encourage others?  You better make sure you are creating INTENTIONAL, PURPOSEFUL opportunities for yor teams to be in COMMUNITY

Jesus lived in community with His team and we are commanded to be in community with our teams.  If all we are doing is showing up on church days to do our tasks with our teams, that is not community, thats how you spell D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R

GRANITE LEADERS call a time out and and make sure we are not USING people, but we are doing life with people.  That is of course, if you want to be in this for the long haul.  Don't become a statistic.  Remember the grass isn't greener on the other side.  You want green grass water the grass you've been given.

I love what God is doing at GRANITE, but as we grow we must fight to stay connected in community.  I love you leaders, dont get caught drifting off, thats where the enemy will pick you off.  You are too important to the DREAM OF JESUS!  Lets do this.  If you're not living in COMMUNITY, you can't reproduce it as a leader.  Take initiative, take a step.  Make improvements, not excuses.