Thursday, January 31

A Campus Pastor Is... Part 4

QUALITY # 4 - A Campus Pastor is...

A CONNECTOR OF PEOPLE

Relationships cannot only exist between YOU and YOUR TEAM, they must exist between each member on your team.  This extends to include the people who regularly attend or asking to get connected to the campus.

Graniteism-
NO ONE SERVES ALONE
NO TEAM IS AN ISLAND
CONNECT PEOPLE TO PEOPLE

MAKE DISCIPLES
MORE TOGETHER THAN BY OURSELVES

Example:  You are obviously the most likeable guy/girl on campus. Everyone knows you.  They high five you, have your cell, direct line, FB, and YOU are their top call.  Wow, that’s great... until you reach about 125 people if you’re really really good.  70-80 people if you are amazing like ME.

The key to PEOPLE STICKING isn’t always JUST YOUR DYNAMIC PERSONALITY.  If that is the case then their tenure at Granite will be SHORT and SHALLOW.  If people don’t connect in an environment outside of your direct relationship or the auditorium, they will be BYE BYE BYE very soon soon soon.


You meet a new awesome couple.  They click immediately with you.  Your next move?  Introduce them to another awesome couple on your team or who is connected to a ministry or small group.  Get them talking and let it progress naturally.

There was nothing “natural” about that interaction if you do it right.  That couple on your team/ministry/small group have been COACHED BY YOU leading up to that moment, so they know what to do and how to CONNECT WITH OTHER PEOPLE.  So they become an extension of your leadership.  They become an extension and expression of Jesus Christ to that young couple.  You have helped them become a better DISCIPLE of CHRIST and are setting them UP to lead others to be disciples as well.


You have led people on your team to start SMALL GROUPS in their community.  Opening up their home for community, Bible study, and building friendships.  You have led your team leaders to go beyond scheduling for the weekend and towards POURING THEIR LIVES into the team. They pray together, encourage each other (see definition of encourage) and KNOW WHEN THEY BECOME MIA.


BOTTOM LINE  - If everyone has to connect with you, then they are short timers OR you have crippled our ability to reach people and lead them to be fully devoted followers of Christ.  Those who stick around and only remain relationally attached to you, will never become the disciples or leaders that God has created them to be!  A campus pastor is a CONNECTOR of PEOPLE!

Wednesday, January 30

A Campus Pastor Is... Part 3

QUALITY #3 - A Campus Pastor Is...

CONFRONTATIONAL:

Yikes, that’s not fun.  The truth is every team, no matter how well led or how AMAZING, will have VISION DRIFT, ATTITUDE ISSUES, or PERFORMANCE slipping.  These have to be addressed and YES the word that best sums up this act is CONFRONTED.

Graniteisms-
THE VISION IS NOT FOR SALE
GOD HAS NOT CALLED YOU TO GROW OLD, HE HAS CALLED YOU TO GROW UP
WHAT GOT US HERE WON’T GET US THERE

Example:  Here’s the RAW and the REAL.  When you “the leader” walk into an environment, if you are a leader, you will cause friction.  You will see something that could be better and you will say something.  You know the VISION and DNA and you will in the moment INSTRUCT someone on how to improve.
They will respond in several ways-
1.)  They will do it with joy.  Things will be awesome.
2.)  They will do it and you think it was with joy.  Then they will quit Monday.
3.)  They will say NO or something similar to that.  They will stay in that ministry until you remove them.
4.)  They will say NO or ignore you or something like that.  You will need to be removed because you put the VISION up for sale.

Now this applies when there is CLEAR violation of core DNA.  This is oftentimes in the moment, when the game is on the line.  This is critically important and unless you know for sure it’s a CLEAR VIOLATION, don’t make the call, but when there is an issue, make sure you are the person who can pull the trigger and stand your ground!

BOTTOM LINE - This is all about saying the TRUTH IN LOVE.  When done right you GLORIFY GOD, BUILD UP  A DISCIPLE, & PUSH EXCELLENCE ON THE CAMPUS.  If you are wrong (which will happen) the most valuable word you can use is I AM SORRY.  If you have the right people, you will be able to move forward together.  The wrong people hold onto it and will become an issue down the road.  But you can’t NOT PULL THE TRIGGER because of fear that it’s the wrong choice.  

Tuesday, January 29

A Campus Pastor Is... Part 2

QUALITY # 2- A Campus Pastor is... 

ENCOURAGING:

Encouragement means to “INSTILL COURAGE.”  It means BELIEVING and SHARING THAT BELIEF in someone to the point that they have the COURAGE to take that next step.


Graniteisms-
DON’T SAY SOMEONE’S NO FOR THEM.
PUSH THE VISION, MOVE THE PEOPLE
BETTER TOGETHER
FRIENDSHIP ISN’T LEADERSHIP, BUT LEADERSHIP CAN BE FRIENDSHIP


Example:  You have a new public speaker at Rally or the Welcome who keeps butchering their speaking part.  They are discouraged or flustered and you can tell while they are on stage OR immediately when they walk off.
Before you say “YOU DID GREAT” or “WAY TO GO MAN” make sure you are prepared to REALLY encourage them.  If you say either of those things (or anything like that) you are what we affectionately call “blowing sunshine up their nose,” in other words you aren’t being HONEST or TRUTHFUL.

So instead, a Campus Pastor “instills COURAGE” and says WAY TO GO!  I know that you are passionate about growing and doing an excellent job.  Here is some pointers on how we can improve it.  Let’s meet and practice, or let’s rewrite it and make it more comfortable for you.  Let’s schedule your next opportunity to do this, so you can prepare.  I BELIEVE IN YOU and think that you CAN GROW INTO THIS ROLE.  You aren’t there yet, but if you are willing to work at it, I BELIEVE YOU CAN DO THIS!”

BOTTOM LINE - If you only “CHEER PEOPLE ON” you will allow them to go down a road which when the stuff hits the fan, they will be CONFUSED, FRUSTRATED, and UPSET that they wasted time on something without ever improving!  You lose your opportunity to INFLUENCE and their trust for future ministry.

Monday, January 28

A Campus Pastor Is... Part 1


This week we'll be sharing qualities that we have found are KEY to a successful Campus Pastor. For each post there will be a QUALITY explained with a definition. Then there will be a few supporting "Granite-Isms" AKA Short Sayings that Summarize Big Truths, and finally a clear example of how it applies in the real world of ministry.

QUALITY #1 - A Campus Pastor is...

RELATIONAL:

Relationships are the foundation for any INFLUENCE and DIRECTION you will ever give anyone on your campus.  


Graniteisms-
HEART BEFORE HAND
SHOW ME YOUR BOOK

Example:  Your team not responding to you when you text or call?  Is one of your leaders frustrated because their team isn’t responding or connecting back with them?

Before you send your next email asking someone to serve/respond/instruct etc, ask yourself “What is going on in this family right now?  Have I prayed for them today?  Are they at work right now?  How are they doing in general with life?  Have we done anything fun or non-ministry related lately?”  If you can’t answer with confidence YES, you need to call a TIMEOUT and send that message with a personal tone.  How are you?  What’s going?  Praying for you?

BOTTOM LINE - If you don’t have someone’s heart or trust, you can’t lead them.  You are headed for USING and ABUSING THAT PERSON.  Burn bridges and dishonoring God and His kids.

Monday, January 14

HEALTHY TEAMS

Found this great post form PERRY NOBLE and anted to pass it along.  This is some great stuff for our GRANITE LEADERS as we are always GROWING FORWARD!


TEN SIGNS OF A HEALTHY TEAM

1. You actually enjoy being around one another instead of trying to find ways to avoid each other.

2. Truth is spoken in love and not in a condescending or condemning way.

3. There is an atmosphere of freedom where differences of opinion can be shared without the immediate perception that the person who is disagreeing is somehow disloyal. (BTW, if you are in a meeting and you disagree mentally then you have an obligation to disagree verbally! If you do not feel that freedom then there is a problem!)

4. People are willing to walk into the room and ask for help rather than put off the perception that they have it all together.

5. No one is trying to prove themselves.

6. Everyone in the room values the opinions of everyone in the room.

7. There can be disagreements without the fear of relationships being destroyed.

8. The entire group is focused on attacking the problems in the room and not the people in the room!

9. People embrace responsibility rather than cast blame.

10. People work through tension honestly rather than saying nothing is wrong and then walking out of the meeting and tearing apart those with whom they disagreed.

Wednesday, January 9

CREATING COMMUNITY

If COMMUNITY MATTERS in all churches I promise you COMMUNITY MATTERS in MULTI-SITE CHURCHES on a HOLE NUTHA LEVEL!  Why?  Because most of the people at GRANITE have left the "security" "stability" and "security"of the "main" campus to go and be part of THE DREAM OF JESUS to bring those close to us and far from God to salvation.

Kudos to everyone who has stepped out to be a part of as GRANITE CAMPUS and kudos to those who have stepped up and stepped in at Salem to keep the SALEM CAMPUS moving and grooving for the GLORY OF JESUS!  Okay back to the point...

As leaders one of the things we need to do is CREATE HEALTHY COMMUNITY so that our  TEAMS CAN GEL, new RELATIONSHIPS CAN FLOURISH, and for ENCOURAGEMENT CAN HAPPEN.


Hebrews 10:24-25, “24 Let us think of ways to MOTIVATE ONE ANOTHER to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our MEETING TOGETHER, as some people do, but ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”  NLT

So here are a few ideas on how to CREATE COMMUNITY.  Obviously you will think of a lot more ways then what I will throw out so feel free to share...

1.  Encourage your team to show up 15/30 minutes early to spend time together 
2.  Meet an hour early at a local place for some coffee and laughs
3.  Start a small group
4.  Take time out of your week to connect via social media
5.  Plan a fun activity.  Activities dont have to cost a lot of money by the way
6.  After church or practice go grab something to eat

There are so many more ways COMMUNITY can happen but here is the common denominator in every idea.  IT TAKES INITIATIVE FOR COMMUNITY TO HAPPEN.  Somebody has to take the first step, then watch what will happen!


Thursday, January 3

KEYS TO MULTI-SITE HEALTH

COMMUNITY MATTERS!

Okay so the next couple posts about the GRANITE UNIVERSE and MULTI-SITE will deal with how to maintain HEALTHY CAMPUSES, at least things we have discovered.  Trust me MULTI-SITE is not a one size fits all strategy thats for every church or every leader.  What is for every church and every leader is leading our ministries to be GREAT COMMANDMENT and GREAT COMMISSION CHURCHES those two things are non-negotioables.

I believe that one of the greatest factors to MULTI-SITE HEALTH is COMMUNITY.  We were created for community, we crave community and even JESUS lives in a perfect community called the TRINITY.  When JESUS became man he lives HIS life inside COMMUNITY.  When asked what the greatest thing w could do as FOLLOWERS OF GOD, JESUS replied LIVE IN COMMUNITY WITH GOD and CREATE COMMUNITY WITH OTHERS.

However what we discovered at GRANITE and must keep revisiting is that as much as we CRAVE COMMUNITY it doesn't happen unless we are INTENTIONAL about CREATING IT.  A few things we discovered about the VALUE OF COMMUNITY...

1.  COMMUNITY makes people feel CONNECTED
2.  COMMUNITY makes people feel VALUED
3.  COMMUNITY makes people feel NEEDED
4.  COMMUNITY makes people feel CARED for
5.  COMMUNITY ENCOURAGES people
6.  COMMUNITY keeps the FIRES OF MINISTRY burning (Prov. 26:20)
7.  COMMUNITY if FUN
8.  COMMUNITY keeps PASSION from turning into PRACTICE
9.  COMMUNITY keeps DEVOTION from turning into DUTY
10.  COMMUNITY is where COMMUNICATION happens

Okay I could go on and on but I won't, YOUR WELCOME!  So for our GRANITE LEADERS if COMMUNITY is that important how INTENTIONAL are we being about CREATING IT.  We have to CREATE it because COMMUNITY does not automatically happen without someone forming it.

As LEADERS lets put COMMUNITY as one of the top things WE PROVIDE for our teams!  You will never regret that you did, but you may regret that you didn't!  Come on somebody, woot, woot!

Next post will be ways and ideas on how to CREATE COMMUNITY!