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Title: Transformation and Reproduction Across Denominations


1
Transformation and Reproduction Across
Denominations
  • Bill Easum
  • www.easumbandy.com

2
Research for This Event
  • The goal -
  • to discover where congregational transformation
    and reproduction are occurring across a region as
    a result of the intervention of the denomination
  • The biggest surprise
  • How many Southern Baptist Associations and
    Reformed Church of America Classes are growing

3
Research for This Event
  • I sent out emails to over 15,000 clients looking
    for examples of regional growth as a result of
    denominational input
  • My definition of growth is worship and/or
    baptism growth
  • I received over 200 responses
  • Only a handful actually showed growth in their
    region

4
Common Comments
  • In some cases the diocese does rescue failing
    places but only to stabilize them
  • There have been numerous good attempts for a year
    or two
  • Most churches are on their own to find health and
    hope
  • Transformation of congregations goes much deeper
    than we originally realized 

5
Familiar Comments
  • All of the denominational leaders' efforts and
    programs that I have investigated eventually
    stalled, or more accurately, reverted to old
    dysfunctional patterns
  • There are some good exceptions at the local
    level, but they are due more the local leadership
  • Are you Kidding me?

6
Research for This Event
  • Everyone is trying something and most are
    reinventing the wheel and getting nowhere
  • Some Examples

7
Some Reinvention Examples
  • Northwest Texas Annual Conference is involved in
    a process called "The Abide Incubator
  • Spiritual Leadership, Inc. and the Incubator
    Program
  • http//ww.spiritual-leadership.org

8
Some Reinvention Examples
  • Congregational Vitality Initiative- UCC
  • Bullard's work on life-cycle and full Kingdom
    potential
  • Nehemiah Network
  • American Baptists
  • Reach and Serve Plan (UCC) Missouri
  • Don Nations in Texas
  • Path One UMC 650 churches by 2012

9
Whats Not Working
10
Natural Church Development
  • Mixed bag
  • Helps mainly healthy, growing churches
  • Allows the church to focus on its weaknesses
    rather than leverage
  • The church decides where to begin
  • Isnt qualitative
  • Consultant training is short and weak
  • Most of the consultants have never grown anything

11
Center for Parish Development
  • Expensive research with little to no onsite
    intervention
  • They gather data for their research instead of
    transforming the congregations
  • Baltimore UMC Conference is an example

12
Most City Reaching projects
  • Mission Houston is an example
  • Do a lot of good for the cities
  • But seldom get beyond prayer to transformation
    and reproduction of congregations

13
Mainline Judicatory Coaching and Programs
  • Most mainline judicatories have never grown a
    church
  • Large exceptions Baptist, Reformed, Independent
  • Most need an outside consultant to see the issues
  • We know what works so why reinvent the wheel?
  • Turf issues

14
Denominational funding
  • Lilly Foundation study
  • 2005 study of 700 church plants
  • Compared those the grew and those that didnt
  • The funding amount has no correlation to
    membership size
  • Reformed Church in California spends only 30,000
    a plant and is growing the region

15
Basic Learning from the Study
  • Overview

16
Any Region Can Grow If.
  • There are enough competent and passionate pastors
  • 1 issue facing us all
  • The judicatory doesnt allow controllers to
    triangulate him or her
  • The Judicatory exists for the churches
  • Church planting is major part of the equation

17
However
  • Attendance growth isnt happening in any state
  • Mainline leaders do not seem to understand the
    situation nor the solution
  • Independent churches have increased the past 15
    years

18
The Survival of a Species
  • The ability to adapt
  • The birth rate

19
Keys To the Future
20
Apostolic Judicatory Leadership
  • Accept that the world has and is changing and act
    accordingly
  • Internalize the seriousness of the decline
  • Repent and take on a totally new mindset
  • Trying to save the denomination isnt enough

21
Apostolic Judicatory Leadership
  • Develop healthy established congregations
  • Quit propping up hospices, hospitals, and museums
  • Develop nimble structures and approaches to the
    cultural changes
  • Return to the complete message of Jesus
  • Social justice and evangelism

22
Apostolic Judicatory Leadership
  • Top three roles
  • Resource the congregation
  • The judicatory isnt the church
  • Plant churches
  • Not listen to whiners
  • Most are focusing on
  • Church Planting
  • Church Strengthening
  • Leadership Development

23
Apostolic Pastoral Leadership
  • Top three roles of the pastor
  • Creating, casting, and managing a vision to reach
    the city rather than grow the church
  • Raising up future leaders and coaching the paid
    staff
  • Ensuring the multiplication of Kingdom ministries
    by parenting church plants and multi-sites

24
The End of Democracy
  • Apostolic led churches
  • Spirit-led leadership rather than corporate
  • The more democratic the less likely to grow
  • Leaders who listen to God rather than following a
    board
  • Small boards and very few committees
  • Sheep dont oversee the shepherd

25
Reproducing Church Planting Systems
  • It is not enough just to plant churches
  • Reproductive systems need to be established

26
Importance of Church Planting
  • International Pentecostal Holiness Church is the
    fastest growing group in the country
  • They plant a church each year for every 15
    existing churches
  • Southern Baptists plant one for every 50 churches
  • UMC plant one for every 500 churches

27
Importance of Church Planting
  • Every denomination that is planting less than 1
    new churches annually is declining
  • A net gain of 3200 churches annually is needed
    to keep up with population growth
  • The best way to revitalize an existing church is
    by planting a church

28
Essentials to Every Effective Model
  • Recruiting
  • The right pastor for the right place
  • Accountability
  • You get what you measure
  • No Triangulation
  • Judicatories understand Matthew 18

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Growing Denominations
  • Great Commission Network
  • Reformed Church in America
  • Free Methodist in California
  • Baptist families
  • Anglican Mission in America
  • Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Wesleyan Methodist in Michigan
  • Pentecostal Churches
  • Independent Churches
  • Church of God

32
Growing Denominations
  • Nazarene
  • Christian Missionary Alliance
  • Christian Reformed Church
  • Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Evangelical Presbyterian
  • Free Methodist
  • Missionary Church
  • North American Baptist Convention
  • Presbyterian Church of America

33
What Do These Have in Common
  • Relatively Healthy churches
  • Robust church Planting efforts
  • Seminaries are growing
  • Nimble Structures
  • Little to none denominational oversight

34
The Key Question
Are our leaders willing to change their habits
and priorities in order to reach a new world?
35
What Is Working?
  • The following comes from the research and
  • my 20 years as a consultant

36
What Is Working
  • The Baptist family is the only mainline group
    growing across the country .5 from 2000-2005
  • Outgrowing population growth in many of the
    northern states
  • Pentecostals are growing 1.7
  • Planted more churches between 1969-2005 than any
    other denomination 1,088
  • Independents are growing 2.2 and the growth rate
    is increasing

37
What Might We Learn
  • Demonstrated credentials Academic credentials
  • No overhead/oversight Over head/oversight
  • no interference Interference
  • Apostolic leadership Sheep overseeing the
    shepherd
  • Little to no structure top heavy
  • Reliance on Holy Spirit Reliance on strategy
  • Church Planting Revitalization

38
Why Established Churches Grow
  • Population growth in the area
  • Ability to adapt and change quickly
  • Do not allow disunity
  • A growing pastor
  • A passion for the community

39
Why Established Churches Grow
  • Commitment to great commission and commandment
  • Indigenous worship
  • Incubator/hospitality for the stranger
  • A clear identity and what it means to be the
    church

40
What is Working
  • Church Planting
  • Multiple Sites
  • Cluster Models
  • Judicatories Existing for Churches
  • Strong/Weak Churches
  • Intervention
  • Immigrant Church

41
Church Planting
  • Examples and Learnings

42
Two Key Observations
  • Nothing changes a region as much as church
    planting
  • Those regions that are focused on planting are
    growing
  • Those regions focused on the transformation of
    congregations are seldom growing
  • Church plants grow 21 times faster

43
Lilly Foundation Study
  • 2005 study of 700 church plants from 7
    denominations
  • Compared thriving church plants with those that
    didnt thrive
  • Demographics and location are critical
  • As the church grows, the pastor hands-off most of
    the pastoral care

44
Lilly Foundation Findings
  • As the church grows, the quality and style of
    worship improves dramatically
  • The higher the priority the pastor places on
    evangelism and makes personal time for it the
    larger the church

45
Church Planting
  • Central Baptist Association Phoenix
  • Planted 50 new works in five years
  • Had 4 churches over 500 in worship
  • Now have over 16 churches over 500 
  • They focus on
  • helping churches get birthed
  • find the partnerships
  • resources that allow them to grow rapidly
  •  

46
Church Planting
  • San Felipe Baptist Association Southwest of
    Houston
  • 21 new churches in the last two years 
  • Baptisms and worship have increased substantially

47
Church Planting
  • Crescent Bay/West Los Angeles Baptist Association
    - In five years
  • From 51 churches to 95 in five years
  • Five years ago 3 of their churches were healthy
    and growing
  • Now over 50
  • Their budget has increase 467

48
Church Planting
  • Hudson Baptist Association Albany/Schenectady,
    NY
  • 1998 2007
  • Baptisms 88 186
  • Attendance 390 1886 
  • 3 congregations 15 years ago to 27 today
    with half planted since 2000
  • A ratio of 17 baptisms per member

49
Church Planting Growth Depends on (Hudson Baptist)
  • A heavy emphasis in church planting
  • Recruiting excellent leaders who stay
  • High emphasis on evangelism
  •  

50
Great Lakes Evangelical Covenant Church
Attendance
51
Church Planting
  • Reformed Church of America-Classis California
  • From 34 churches (in 2003) to 60 churches by 2007
  • Attendance has grown by more than 1,200 per year
    for 3 straight years
  • 50-60 adult baptisms/decisions per month
  • Will plant at least 5 more congregations in 2008

52
Church Planting
  • Reformed Church of America-Classis California
  • 3rd route pastors 90 of the growth
  • Denomination allowing him to use non-RCA pastors
  • 30,000 a plant
  • A model much like Bordens and worth watching

53
Church Planting
  • Anglican Mission in America (AMiA)
  • Adding one church each week
  • 100 retention rate
  • 2000 4 churches, today 150 (Feb. 2008
  • Anglican Best Practices
  • High participation rate of laity
  • Prayer
  • Focus on the unchurched

54
Church Planting
  • Anglican best practices continued
  • Open to new opportunities because tired of the
    old ways
  • No baggage from the past
  • Disenfranchised people returning

55
The Wesleyan Church Penn-Jersey District
  • Has seen growth the past five years primarily
    related to starting new congregations

56
Church Planting
  • Evangelical Free Church New England has grown
    in worship and baptism the past five years due to
  • Aggressive church plant and multiplication

57
Main Learning
  • Church Planting is the 1issue facing
    denominations
  • That means the real 1issue is
  • raising up, training, and coaching
    entrepreneurial pastors

58
Main Learning
  • Finding the planters is the key issue
  • Rather than target an area and find a planter
  • identify a person with a vision for planting a
    church in a particular area
  • Every denomination needs an intentional church
    planting farm system

59
Church Planting Farm System
  • Denominational leaders function more as scouts
    and coaches of planters
  • Denominational leaders need to come from the
    ranks of church planters so they can coach
  • Focus more on church planting than transformation
  • Reward those churches who plant churches (even
    reduce their dues)

60
Church Planting Farm System
  • Seminaries must offer a basic degree in church
    planting
  • that includes the second year as intern in a new
    church plant
  • Leadership development replaces generic
    theological training
  • Regional systems for matching the planter with
    the target area
  • so the DNA matches

61
Church Planting Churches
  • More churches are planting churches along side
    the denomination
  • Northwood recruiting, assessing, training,
    deploying, coaching
  • New Heights Baptist- focus on Internship
  • New Hope Christian Fellowship coaches for a
    year
  • Saddleback over 1,000 plants
  • Antioch Bible- multicultural plants
  • New Life Christian Church four by four

62
Common Denominators
  • The pastor has grown something before
  • The pastor spends a year in a successful new
    church plant
  • The pastor has a coach who has actually either
    successfully grown a church, restarted a
    church, or planted a church
  • No more parachute drops

63
Most Common Mistakes
  • Taking Spiritual Warfare Lightly     
  • Attempting to reach everyone        
  • Premature Launch
  • Recruiting ceases after the "grand opening"     
     
  • No plan for the other 6 days of the week     
  • Fear of talking about money until it's urgent
         
  • Not differentiating from an established church
        
  • Formalize leadership too quickly   
  • Once up and running, Fail to reFocus on the
    target     
  • Relying too much on the Advice of Experts

64
Multi Sites
  • One church in many locations
  • In most cases this means one mission, same
    values, budget, staff, structure, etc.
  • See examples in the workbook
  • 1 in 4 mega churches are now multi-site

65
Multi Site
  • 1 out of 3 churches are considering a multiple
    site
  • The estimate is there will be 30,000 multi site
    churches in the next few years
  • I predict in 20 years it will be the norm

66
Why Multi Sites
  • Many established churches with little room begin
    to grow
  • The additional sites have a seasoned coach and
    DNA to guide them
  • Resources are more abundant than in a church
    plant
  • It is ultimately cheaper and keeps all of the
    options open

67
Why Multi Sites
  • More non-Christians attend
  • Multi-Sites are responsible for more converts
    than churches that relocate
  • Targeting a new age group (usually younger) or
    different psycho graphic groups
  • Do a different kind of worship without upsetting
    the long timers

68
Why Multi Sites
  • Churches choose to start new campuses in
    friendlier confines
  • A growing number of mainline churches are going
    Multiple-Site in order to get around the system

69
Exponential Planting Movement
  • Independent groups and churches who are devoted
    to a multiplication movement rather than church
    planting or multi site
  • Mainline judicatories could learn from them
  • Exponential Conference is just one example

70
The Making of a Movement
  • Developing a reproductive movement depends on
    four shifts
  • Shift from church growth to missional movement
    that values the new, the lost, the edge, and the
    sent
  • Shift from ministry managers to spiritual
    entrepreneurs
  • move people up from the ranks

71
The Making of a Movement
  • Developing a reproductive movement
  • Staff shift from reactive to proactive
  • when youre spiritually ready you reproduce even
    if you dont need the space. Leader readiness
  • From addition to multiplication

72
Judicatories Existing for the Local Church
  • Instead of thinking they are the church
  • Two examples
  • Central Baptist Association (Phoenix)
  • Baptist Convention of Ontario Quebec

73
Central Baptist Association
  • Sold its building and rented
  • Reduced staff from 7 to 3
  • 98 of its budget goes back to the local church
  • Send pastors to conferences
  • Plant churches
  • Fund significant outreach ministries
  • Have a church planter on staff who plants then
    they replace him with another

74
Baptist Convention of Ontario Quebec
  • In 2000 ended a multi decade decline and since
    have experienced an 6 increase in membership
  • Streamlined their board
  • Moved from area Ministers to a smaller team of
    more specialized leaders
  •  

75
Strong/Weak Church
  • A strong flagship church takes a weak church
    under its wing
  • It has many similarities with the multi site
    movement
  • Sends a team of lay people and/or a new pastor to
    lead the church
  • Pacific Northwest Conference of the Free
    Methodist Church

76
Example of Strong/Weak
  • Ginghamsburg UMC
  • Medway UMC from 80-200
  • Ft. McKinley 40-80
  • They were allowed to place the pastor
  • Grace UMC
  • Olga campus averaging 60 in 2004
  • Now averaging over 300
  • Olga is 17 miles away with 4 UMC's between the 2
    campuses

77
Immigrant Church within a Church
  • Housing immigrant churches in healthy
    congregations often strengthens both churches

78
Cluster Models
  • Churches covenant together to support and
    resource each other to grow
  • They do three things
  • The congregation is not alone
  • Peer growth
  • Feel supported
  • Need at least one healthy, growing church and
    leader in the cluster

79
Cluster Models
  • Are best configured around desire to grow rather
    than geography
  • Should never be arbitrarily put together by a
    judicatory
  • Conflicted churches should not be included

80
Cluster Models
  • They are working in Pres. Baltimore
  • 33 churches that have been in clusters 24 are
    ahead of 1997 in worship attendance
  • They worked for me in Central Pennsylvania in the
    90s
  • More on this later

81
Cluster Models and Planting
  • Reformed Church in America
  • Classis Pleasant Prairie went from a two decade
    decline of 4 to 5 a year to a 15 growth the
    last five years
  • Des Moines Classis Grew by 22 a year the last
    five years
  • Both areas use a cluster model for pastors to
    share what is working - cross pollination
  • Extensive door to door community surveys, prayer
    walks, and analysis of congregation

82
Cluster Model and Planting
  • Reformed Church in America
  • The Key- supporting only those leaders and
    churches that will drive the Kingdom vision and
    mission
  • Money is not the key
  • Outwardly Focused Congregational Visioning and
    Strategic Planning
  • Multiplication thinking

83
My Personal Experience
  • Central Pennsylvania

84
My Personal Experience
  • 1,000 churches
  • This study confirms what Ive been saying all
    along
  • The skill and passion of the lead pastor
    determines everything
  • Church planting is the key focus
  • Only now Hispanic
  • The basic change has to begin in our seminaries

85
Central Pennsylvania
  • A three year process with the UMC called Church
    Growth with Integrity
  • Involved training
  • Cabinet
  • Clergy
  • Laity
  • Intervention and consulting with 30 Congregations

86
Trained the Cabinet
  • 21 days over a three year period
  • Bulk of training during the first six months
  • Training included
  • Reading the signs of the times
  • Turnaround, Growth, and Reproduction Principles
  • Explanation of evaluation Process
  • The DSs were either in or out

87
The Process
  • They had 900 congregations and 500 clergy
  • Eliminated those churches where they saw no
    future no matter what
  • Left with only 500 churches
  • Evaluated each church and pastor to see which
    ones had a high potential for growth

88
Elimination Criteria
  • See the Appendix for the items
  • We were left with 100 possible churches

89
Positive Elimination Criteria
  • The skill and passion of the pastor
  • Had he or she grown anything in the past
  • How often had they moved
  • Does the pastor have a track record
  • What seminary did the person attend

90
Negative Elimination Criteria
  • Every church they served had declined
  • Had a history of antisocial behavior
  • Did not appear to have great potential
  • Were within 10 years of retirement
  • Process resulted in 60 clergy and churches that
    met the criteria

91
The Training Process
  • Bishop invited the 60 pastors to take part in a
    four session training covering eight days- 58
    attended the first session
  • 45 attended all four sessions
  • Signs of the times, growth and reproduction
    principles, and commitment
  • They were asked to go back and talk with their
    leaders about Church Growth with Integrity

92
Training
  • Bishop invited the laity from the 60 churches to
    attend a one day seminar located throughout the
    Conference
  • 0ver 2000 laity attended
  • Signs of the times, growth and reproduction
    principles, and commitment time
  • Invited to take part in a cluster consultation
  • 30 of the churches went forward

93
Cluster Consultation
  • Each church completed my Ministry Audit which I
    analyzed
  • Over a five day period I met with each pastor and
    church
  • Met with pastor first
  • Met will all four churches first night
  • Met with each church one full day, interviewing
    and sharing my recommendations

94
Cluster Consultation
  • 8 years later a pastor did a doctorate degree on
    the results
  • 18 churches took part and all but one of them had
    grown

95
Mistakes
  • Allowing ten representative churches in the study
  • we actually had 40 churches
  • They balked at serious accountability even in
    dysfunctional situations
  • They did not reappoint pastors based on the
    evaluation

96
What I Would Add to the Project Today
  • Monthly coaching for the key leaders and weekly
    emails for the pastors
  • A return visit to each cluster each quarter the
    first year and twice the next year
  • I would use two of my new tools

97
What I Would Add to the Project Today
  • The Readiness Test (appendix)
  • Choose churches and pastors under 3.0
  • The Permission-giving Test (appendix)
  • Choose churches and pastors under (70)

98
My Personal Experience
  • Southwest Texas Conference

99
One Hour Consultation
  • Late 80s my Bishop asked me to design the One
    Hour Consultation
  • Trained around 50 pastors to use the tool
  • Was used in 85 of our Conference over four years
  • Conference grew every year and led the nation two
    of the years

100
One Hour Consultation
  • New Bishop felt he needed an assistant so he
    replaced the Director of Congregational Growth
    with an assistant to the Bishop
  • Conference is now in decline

101
What Ive Learned
102
The Only Common Denominator to Growth
  • A transformational Pastor
  • Intuition is a basic skill today
  • Its all about the pastor being able to
  • Lead
  • Make the hard decisions
  • Hand off ministry to others
  • Flagship churches must lead the way
  • Seminaries must change

103
Lessons Learned
  • Leadership development never ends
  • Learning the ABCs of coaching
  • Getting the region to allow them to hold pastors
    and churches accountable
  • Matching growth pastors with growth churches
  • Measuring results is critical
  • Even if initially it leads to low morale

104
Lessons Learned
  • Mid level judicatories first hurdle is to regain
    the trust of the congregations
  • In the National Park trust was given
  • In the Jungle is has to be earned
  • As long as the church has money it is seldom
    interested in transformation
  • Restart churches are good candidates
  • More so than mid sized churches with money

105
Lessons Learned
  • Judicatories and pastors have to think like
    missionaries
  • Transformation is seldom enough
  • In most areas where regional growth is happening
    it is through church plants
  • Reproduction by daughter church plants has a good
    success rate especially if the pastoral staff
    takes a group along to start

106
Lessons Learned
  • Parachute drops have around a 50 success rate at
    best

107
Essentials to any Strategy
  • Leadership development top priority
  • Evaluation of church and pastor
  • Selection of the right pastor for the right
    church
  • Ongoing coaching by someone who has been there,
    done that
  • Accountability for growth rather than money

108
Essentials to an Strategy
  • Measurement

109
The Elephants in the Room
110
Most Views on Congregational Life Are Flawed from
the Beginning
111
Flawed Assumptions
  • These assumptions lead to the belief that
    congregations have a life-cycle
  • Birth, growth, decline, and death
  • Congregations can be fixed for awhile
  • Fatalistic, focus is on institutional survival
  • Both the prophets and Jesus chastised the
    religious leaders for focusing on the institution

112
For a Denomination to Thrive
  • Christianity is a movement of God throughout
    history
  • Not the growth or health of organizations
  • Biased toward a Salvation history
  • Blessed to be a blessing to all
  • Movement DNA must begin to replace institutional
    DNA

113
  • Movement Religion
  • A Leader Avoid Personalities
  • Way of Life Belief System
  • People of the Way People of the Book
  • Principle Rules
  • Have a Cause Is The Cause
  • Mobile Stationary
  • Common Person Elite Insiders
  • Servants Entitled
  • Cult Religion

114
Movement DNA Keys
  • A laser sharp call and vision for living out that
    call
  • A kingdom rather than pastoral mindset
  • Extremely flexible on how things get done

115
Anatomy of a Movement
  • And how to keep it going

116
Anatomy of a Movement
  • We are witnessing the birth of two huge movements
  • Church Planting Centers in churches
  • Multi Site Congregations
  • I want to focus on the Church Planting
  • History hasnt been kind to movements
  • When the founder dies the movement dies

117
Anatomy of a Movement
  • Phase One the emergence of a Leader of
    leaders
  • Because of his passion the movement spreads like
    a fire out of control
  • Assumes the mantel of Apostle
  • Phase Two the growing number of plants removes
    the Apostle from the core
  • Movement aligns itself around the DNA rather than
    the Apostle

118
Anatomy of a Movement
  • Phase Three the decentralization of the
    Apostles passion continues to be deluded
  • The movement responds by electing a centralized
    board with paid staff
  • Manages the DNA and churches rather than the
    Apostle fueling the mission
  • Signals the beginning of the decline for the
    movement and beginning of an institution

119
Phase Three
  • Free wheeling mission outposts are replaced by
    management silos
  • Quality control replaces passionate actions
  • Authority comes from the board not the Apostle
  • The movement is dead

120
Phase Four
  • Centralized and removed from the field, executive
    management becomes paralyzed
  • Church planters build churches rather than
    fueling a movement, and church planting slows to
    a trickle
  • Executives at the top become isolated

121
The Big Question for Judicatories
  • What are you going to do both spawn a movement
    and keep it in phrase One or Two?
  • The Apostle Paul shows us how

122
Lessons from Paul
  • He stayed in close contact with the churches he
    planted
  • Acted like an Apostle
  • He visited and revisited the church plants
  • Nothing replaces the passion of the Apostle

123
The Secret to this Movement
  • Dont focus on planting churches
  • Focus on planting churches that plant churches
  • Raise up an Apostolic team of passionate leaders
    of leaders
  • To stay close to the plants and visit them
    regularly
  • Goal- to insure they continue planting

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The Elephants in the Room
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Systems Dominate
Systems always overcome programmatic change

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Two Systems Stories Dominate
  • Top down, Command and Control, Stifle Story
  • Bottom up, Out of Control, Innovation Story

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How Systems Function
Think
1
4
Whos in control
How can we do it better
Law
Grace
There must be more than this
What is our purpose
3
2
Feel
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How Systems Function
  • No entire congregation is totally in one sphere
  • Every congregation has one dominate attitude
  • Determined by those in power
  • Determining which attitude dominates the
    leadership is where transformation begins

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The Key Players in the Story
  • Deciders
  • Doers
  • Ignored
  • Dreamers
  • Leaders

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Sphere One Churches
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Warning
  • Am I clear about what God wants me to do?
  • Is my call worth suffering for?
  • How badly do I want to transform this
    congregation?

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Sphere Two Churches
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Sphere Two Churches
  • Some Doers become Dreamers
  • The more Dreamers, the more confusion
  • The more confusion, the more the Controllers try
    to control
  • Transformation Key
  • Fan the discontent
  • Spend time with the Dreamers

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Sphere Three Churches
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Sphere Three Churches
  • Growth is normal and often explosive
  • Confusion is normal in the early stages
  • Transformation key
  • Develop leaders and systems

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Sphere Four Churches
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Sphere Four Churches
  • Congregations go into Sphere Four when
  • Leaders become tired
  • Leaders are hard to find
  • Growth outstrips the ability to grow enough
    leaders
  • Rapid growth is degrading the quality of life

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Dont Stay in Sphere Four Long
Think
Order, Common Sense, Balance
Policies, Controlled, Centralized, Top Down
M
Law
Grace
V
Permission- Giving,Trust, Decentralized,
Passion, Mission,
V
Feel
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The Innovative Church
Think
Order, Common Sense, Balance
M
Law
Grace
V
Permission- Giving,Trust, Decentralized,
Passion, Mission,
V
Feel
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The Key to Profound Change and Innovation
  • To unfreeze the system and keep it unfrozen

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Whats An Unfreezing Move?
  • Anything that destabilizes the status quo to
    where
  • The systems story is destabilized
  • The leaders do something radically new
  • Ive discovered nine unfreezing moves

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Foundational Unfreezing Moves
  • A Solid Community of Faith
  • A biblical sound and culturally relevant DNA

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The Big ThreeUnfreezing Moves
  • Indigenous worship
  • Mobilized congregation
  • Redemptive missional opportunities

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Supportive Unfreezing Moves
  • Organized around DNA
  • Hiring servants rather than professionals
  • Functional place and space
  • Radical Generosity

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Three Types of Mindsets
  • Church Renewal
  • Faith Community
  • Missional Movement

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Type One MindSet
  • Church Renewal
  • Survival
  • Reverse decline
  • Revitalize church
  • Overcome Obstacles
  • Centralized
  • Living another day is the key

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To Lead a Type One Church
  • Clarity about what God wants done in lead pastors
    life
  • Handpick and mentor a cadre of leaders to be
  • Focus on adult discipleship not programs
  • Eliminate controllers and get ready for conflict

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Type Two MindSet
  • Building community
  • Church effectiveness
  • Target ministries
  • Start new initiatives
  • Seize Opportunities
  • Decentralized
  • Adding is the key

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To Lead a Type Two Church
  • Leave the survival mentality
  • Develop spirituality at the core
  • Discern and attack key missions
  • Aggressively build, model, and embed the
    DNAdismantle or change the organization
  • Draw the map of the future

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Type Three Mindset
  • Missional Movement
  • Kingdom movement
  • Multiply missions
  • Cross over cultures
  • Create opportunities
  • Reproductive
  • Multiplication is the key

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To Lead a Type Three Church
  • Instill a culture of equipping
  • Spend time beyond the church
  • Decentralize the organization
  • Form alliances
  • Become an untethered church
  • Build a Great Commission church

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MY Best Advice for Judicatories
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Best Advice
  • Identify, develop, and support missional,
    transformational, apostolic, missionaries
  • This means not listening to the controllers
  • Dont prop up dying churches, let them die
  • Focus on the larger churches
  • Developing a farm system
  • Provide training events
  • Cluster healthy pastors

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Best Advice
  • Plant 4-5 new churches each year
  • When possible reduce your structure and personnel
  • Focus on the local church not the denomination
  • Reduce your structure and personnel and redirect
    most of it back into growing your region

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Best Advice
  • Focus pastors on penetrating an area rather than
    growing a church
  • Focus your churches on what it means to be
    faithful
  • The Great Commandment and the Great Commission
  • Be a consultant/coach rather than a manager or
    problem solver

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