Friday, May 31

BREAKING GROWTH BARRIERS

MAKING A LIST AND CHECKING IT TWICE!

One of the important DISCIPLINES at Granite United Church is keeping lists.  It is been said, "that if you aim at nothing you'll hit it every time."  Because NUMBERS MATTER, because numbers represent people and people matter to God, we must keep a running list of peoples names for a NUMBER of reasons!

FOR PRAYER - As leaders we must be praying for the people God brings to the church.

TO REACH - Whether we like it or not, many times, OUT OF SIGHT REALLY DOES MEAN OUT OF MIND.  If we are going to REACH and KEEP PEOPLE we must keep peoples names in front of us at all times.

TO GROW - The mission JESUS gave us was to MAKE DISCIPLES.  How can we move someone forward on the path of discipleship if we dont know who they are, where they are, and what their next step is.  Answer - YOU CAN'T!

By the way LISTS MATTER so much professional sports team's hire people to keep lists/stats.  Stats give clarity as to WHO needs to grow, WHAT needs to change and WHO needs to go.

Remember nothing great for God happens by accident, only on purpose!  SHOW ME YOUR BOOK, I'll SHOW YOU YOUR FUTURE!




Thursday, May 30

BREAKING ATTENDANCE BARRIERS #2

YES, YES IT IS ALL ABOUT THE NUMBERS!  Why?  Because every number has a soul, every soul has a story, and every story needs to be re-written by JESUS!

So what else can be done to BREAK ATTENDANCE BARRIERS?  I mean it is important to REACH PEOPLE, but isn't the goal to KEEP PEOPLE, in order to MAKE DISCIPLES.   So what can we do.  this may sound simple but trust me its a HUGE KEY in BREAKING BARRIERS.  Ready.....

GET PEOPLE CONNECTED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE!

The two places we want to connect people to as quick as possible at GRANITE are SMALL GROUPS and MINISTRY TEAMS.   Why?  Because people THRIVE and FEEL VALUED inside community!

If we are not adding people too MINISTRY TEAMS it is a sign of an UNHEALTHY CHURCH/CAMPUS.  Not adding to MINISTRY TEAMS not only pushes people out the back door of the church, it LACKS VISION.  And people who LACK VISION shouldn't leaders, and they do not value the PLAN OF GOD in others lives.

If we are not adding people to SMALL GROUPS, then we are robbing people of LIFE CHANGING COMMUNITY.

At GRANITE we say PEOPLE MATTER TO GOD, SO PEOPLE MATTER TO US, so lets get people connected as quickly as possible!


Wednesday, May 8

BREAKING ATTENDANCE BARRIERS part 1

GRANITE UNITED has been experiencing our HIGHEST ATTENDANCES EVER, which is very cool!  I have been asked numerous times what's the key to BREAKING ATTENDANCE BARRIERS through MULTI-SITE.  I'll share a number of things we have learned along our journey in the next few posts

1.  A CONVICTION that GOD STILL is not willing that any should perish.  The Lord has not changed His mind or heart towards the lost, and neither should the church.  We do what we do to DEPOPULATE HELL and POPULATE HEAVEN.

2.  A COMMITMENT to do all that we do for GOD'S GLORY.  All that we are, all that we accomplish is nothing more than GOD DOING HIS WORK in and through us.  The church MUST ALWAYS be focused on GOD'S GLORY.

3.  A CLEAR VISION for what GOD has called GRANITE TO DO.   Our goal is not to be like the church down the street, across the nation or to conform to any person ideology.  GOD has given GRANITE a clear vision as to who and what we are to be, and THE VISION IS NOT FOR SALE.  The vision wil be challenged by VISION VANDALS, and fueled by VISION VICTORS, but at the end of the day IT'S GODS VISION AND ITS NOT FOR SALE.  

These are THREE of the many keys to BREAKING ATTENDANCE BARRIERS, to REACHING AND KEEPING PEOPLE.  These may sound to SIMPLE but at GRANITE we have learned these are THREE MUSTS to growing a HEALTHY CHURCH.  

For our GRANITE TEAM this is a reminder of WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO!