5 Things Every Church Leader Must Do – Now
To write about the trouble our nation is in would certainly be pointless. Every news and radio talk show is doing a fabulous job with that, both christian and non-christian alike.
However, I do believe there are things church leaders must address now. We, the church, are on the same precipice that it seems the world is jumping off of at an almost insurmountable rate.
Here are 5 things I believe every church leader must begin to do now, before we lose anymore ground to the radical cultural phenomenon that is taking place within everyone of our cities, towns, suburbs and neighborhoods..
1. We have to begin thinking Missional.
We just don’t have an option anymore. While short-term mission trips are fun and can have short-term effects on our congregation, we have to help our people to see the bigger picture of why our church is in our city. This is our mission field. Leaders who are able to help their congregants engage missionally at home will have a greater impact globally.
2. We have to begin thinking that Less is Best.
Please don’t get angry-yet. Saying no may become the greatest and most liberating decision a leader can make. The truth that none of us are supermen is a fact. We can’t do it all and it’s very foolish to think that we can. Church leaders who will begin to have an intentionality in directing their resources, focus, and passion towards the top two or three things they are able to do very well, will become the trend setting and culture influencing churches of the future.
3. We must shift our thinking from reaching our city, to reaching tribes within our city.
Innovative church leaders are learning that influence does not necessarily happen because we have a flawless marketing plan. It has to be in tandem with a well thought-out plan for outreach. And although banners, signs, ad’s and social media are great when it comes to branding our church and our mission, effective churches have leaders who themselves have become a part of the tribes in their community. Staying in an office all day every day pushing paperwork and counseling the status-quo is no longer an option for church leaders who are wanting to reach people. Church leaders who are running with the Starbucks tribe, working out with the gym tribe, golfing with the golf tribe, or even cooking with the cooking tribe will be the ones to experience more effective ministry to people as we go onto the future.
4. We must approach our churches as needing reformation and renewal – not revival.
I’m not going to quote statistics here simply because they can be wrong. I will however, unapologetically write that we are in trouble. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Successful church leaders of the future will be those who will hold true to biblical authority, sound doctrinal teaching, and loving merciful correctness, while at the same time seeking to be more creative and innovative with the message of Christ. Reviving what we have now is not even an option. It will take people of prayer, a move of God’s Spirit, and courageous, intentional leadership, unbending in their resolve to bring a reformation to the current church culture and ultimately the world.
5. We must get much better at the speed of trust.
In my years of serving the local church I don’t believe there is a more important value that will always define the future of a church than the one of trust. Trust, in many ways is the most important part to the genetic code of our churches. It’s the strength of our DNA of who we are as a church, and everything we will become. I have observed the following in churches where trust is king among the leaders.
- Leaders who trust people quickly are not afraid to release their leaders to soar.
- They are not afraid of conflict, but actually embrace it knowing that many changes for good have come from an angry, misunderstood church member. Giving people the benefit of the doubt first is not always the easiest, but successful church leaders of the future are learning to do this very well.
- They enjoy more longevity, productivity, and just plain fun with staff members.
- There is a air and sense of peace, harmony and excitement among their entire congregation.
- Many of the most successful churches and ministries are led by people who were first mentored and nurtured in an environment of trust.
- More people are coming to Christ, discipled, and are more effective for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.
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