In GROWING and MULTISITE CHURCHES one of the challenges that has to be addressed and revisited constantly is the issue of MINISTRY PRIORITIES. In a GROWING and MULTIPLYING CHURCH we have to be careful of jumping into ALL WE CAN DO at the neglect of WHAT WE MUST DO! Take a second and read that again.
One of the things we have said for years at GRANITE is WHAT GOT US HERE WON'T GET US THERE and its true. HOWEVER the constant tension is working to KEEP THE MAIN THINGS THE MAIN THINGS! With every thing we COULD DO there are certain things we MUST DO as LEADERS.
As leaders we MUST stay focused on TEACHING THE WORD, FELLOWSHIP, BREAKING OF BREAD and PRAYER. This was and continues to BE GODS HEART according to ACTS 2:42. As point leaders we must stay focused on making sure these continue to be the priority of the church and the MINISTRY WE LEAD.
But what about all the other things that HAVE TO GET DONE in order to continue GROWING and STAYING HEALTHY? Thats where raising up and developing your leadership base comes in. Everyone is gifted by GOD to serve THE BODY, and part of growing disciples is CALLING OUT OF PEOPLE WHAT GOD HAS PUT IN HIS PEOPLE. Then committing and implementing strategic systems for development, continued training and encouragement.
Way to many LEADERS get caught in MINISTRY TASKS (that have to get done), at the sacrifice of the LEADERS PRIORITIES. We can not and should not do EVERYTHING by ourselves, but MATURE and GROWING LEADERS still know how to GET THINGS DONE through TEAM WORK, influence, and clear communication.
What we do matters and we cannot afford to let the GOOD THINGS replace the BEST THINGS we should be investing our time and energy in. Everything is important to get done, but not everything SHOULD BE DONE by you.
So how do we get there? NEXT POST...
Thursday, June 18
Yep, thats right EVERY CHURCH despite its size has ISSUES! Being part of a GROWING CHURCH brings with it some unique challenges. Think about the early church in the BOOK OF ACTS. They were experiencing EXPLOSIVE GROWTH which led to CHURCH COMPLAINTS!
Acts 6:1-4, “6 But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. 3 And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. 4 Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.” NLT
Don't miss what's actually going on here. The APOSTLES were all about making sure the PHYSICAL NEEDS of the church were being addressed and met, but not by the CHURCH LEADERS and especially not at the expense of NEGLECTING THE TEACHING OF GODS WORD and PRAYER.
So what did they do to solve the problem? What was the key to keeping the church growing forward and healthy? It was RAISING UP VOLUNTEERS! They went and found people to step into the MINISTRY to do what those people were called and gifted to do, so that the apostles could do what they were called and gifted to do. This is BIBLICAL and it is one of the keys to keeping our churches GROWING FORWARD and HEALTHY!
1 Corinthians 12:7, “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” NLT
I truly believe that churches have everything they need AND everyone they need to do what they are called to do at this present moment!
The APOSTLES could have really STUNTED the GROWTH and HEALTH of the church if they had what I will call the SUPERMAN COMPLEX! SUPERMAN COMPLEX LEADERS think they are self-sufficient, they have all they help they need, they don't need anyone else, and that they have no inadequacies. At then end of the day its called PRIDE and its a sin against the BODY OF CHRIST, THE CHURCH, and its one of the hardest things for leaders to see and be honest about.
So what do we do? How what are some steps on how we can GROW FORWARD and STAY HEALTHY? I'll share some thoughts in my NEXT POST.