I had the privilege of being at a conference last week with an Aussie church leader called Andrew Heard. He leads a large (really large) church and has spent a lot of time thinking about why and how we do what we do. I came away with so many good things but here’s a few highlights:
- We need some clear convictions that drive what we do
- eg. the reality of eternity, the brevity of life, the cross as the only way, the church as the means by which the message gets out
- We need to be output driven, not input driven. Maturity is an output; Bible-study is an input – important to get them the right way round as inputs influence outputs.
- We need to take responsibility and not hide behind ‘faithfulness’ language.
- We need to be brave enough to say ‘no’ to good things if they distract from the best things.
- ‘change happens when the pain of ‘not change’ is greater than the pain of change’
- As the church grows we need to move from ‘doing ministry’ to ‘being responsible for it being done.’
- Senior leaders need to do three main things:
- secure the health of your team – invest in their all round well being
- multiply your team – more workers means more ministry
- mobilize resources – they will always be limited so you have to make some tough choices about where those scarce resources are deployed
- Pastoral care isn’t antithetical to organization – actually you need to organize to ensure more people get cared for. If you try to do it all yourself there will be lots of people not getting cared for.
- Take time to reflect – an hour a week; a day a term; a weekend a year – just to keep reflecting on some of this structural/strategy stuff
- Make sure it’s your convictions, vision and values that drive – our strategy isn’t infallible and so we don’t want people to be committed to that – we do want folk to share convictions
There was a ton more great stuff – I’d encourage you to check out some of his material online at EV church or Geneva Push.