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Title: Transformation and Reproduction Across Denominations

Transformation and Reproduction Across
  • Bill Easum

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

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

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
  • Transformation of congregations goes much deeper
    than we originally realized 

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?

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

Some Reinvention Examples
  • Northwest Texas Annual Conference is involved in
    a process called "The Abide Incubator
  • Spiritual Leadership, Inc. and the Incubator
  • http//

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

Whats Not Working
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

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

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

Mainline Judicatory Coaching and Programs
  • Most mainline judicatories have never grown a
  • 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

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

Basic Learning from the Study
  • Overview

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

  • 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

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

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

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

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

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
  • Ensuring the multiplication of Kingdom ministries
    by parenting church plants and multi-sites

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
  • Small boards and very few committees
  • Sheep dont oversee the shepherd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Church Planting
  • Examples and Learnings

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

Lilly Foundation Study
  • 2005 study of 700 church plants from 7
  • 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

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

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

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

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

Church Planting
  • Hudson Baptist Association Albany/Schenectady,
  • 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

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

Great Lakes Evangelical Covenant Church
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Church Planting Farm System
  • Seminaries must offer a basic degree in church
  • 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

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
  • Saddleback over 1,000 plants
  • Antioch Bible- multicultural plants
  • New Life Christian Church four by four

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

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
  • Relying too much on the Advice of Experts

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

Multi Site
  • 1 out of 3 churches are considering a multiple
  • 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

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
  • It is ultimately cheaper and keeps all of the
    options open

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

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

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

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
  • Shift from ministry managers to spiritual
  • move people up from the ranks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • More on this later

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

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

My Personal Experience
  • Central Pennsylvania

My Personal Experience
  • 1,000 churches
  • This study confirms what Ive been saying all
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bishop invited the laity from the 60 churches to
    attend a one day seminar located throughout the
  • 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

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

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

  • 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

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

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)

My Personal Experience
  • Southwest Texas Conference

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

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

What Ive Learned
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

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

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

Lessons Learned
  • Judicatories and pastors have to think like
  • 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

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

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

Essentials to an Strategy
  • Measurement

The Elephants in the Room
Most Views on Congregational Life Are Flawed from
the Beginning
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

For a Denomination to Thrive
  • Christianity is a movement of God throughout
  • 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

  • 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

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

Anatomy of a Movement
  • And how to keep it going

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

Anatomy of a Movement
  • Phase One the emergence of a Leader of
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • Goal- to insure they continue planting

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

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

How Systems Function
Whos in control
How can we do it better
There must be more than this
What is our purpose
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

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

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

Sphere Two Churches
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MY Best Advice for Judicatories
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

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

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

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