What Have I Been Up To?
I received a comment on yesterday’s post indicating that my blog had been missed over the past several weeks (And, no, it wasn’t from my mom. Thanks, David!). The past couple of months have been some of the busiest I can recall. And, unfortunately, blogging just had to take a back seat. Hopefully I can get back on track through the holidays.
I wanted to take a couple of posts to share some of the events I have been involved with that have kept me so busy. There have been some great things going on, particularly through my work with Leadership Network. I think they’re things worth sharing. To begin, I’ll start by sharing a recap I wrote up for the LN blog. This is from a meeting of rapidly growing churches (they do exist!) I have been directing over the past year. Here’s an excerpt from the post Leadership Development in Rapidly Growing Churches:
“Two weeks ago we hosted our third meeting of the Rapid Growth Leadership Community here at LN. These seven church teams have been together for over a year now, walking alongside one another as they work through some of the opportunities and challenges unique to rapidly growing churches. The focus of this gathering was leadership development, one of the more common topics of interest among churches we serve. In fact, we have aLeadership Development Leadership Community that brings together churches for an entire 2-year process focused solely on this issue.
To help teams think through their leadership development strategy, we invited some of the team fromGateway Church in Southlake to share their learnings, as well as their leadership development journey, as they have experienced rapid growth from 3,000 to well over 20,000 over the past several years. PastorsGunnar Johnson and Allan Kelsey shared what they have witnessed at Gateway and how they currently approach the development of leaders.
We also were delighted to have Mark Miller, VP of Organizational Effectiveness for Chick-Fil-A, join us as well. Mark is a great friend to Leadership Network, a fantastic writer, and an insightful and entertaining speaker (and he loves chicken!). Mark unpacked two key strategies to deal with rapid growth based on his years at Chick-fil-a:
1. Creating greater leadership capacity through high-performance teams.
2. Creating a surplus of leaders through maintaining a culture of leadership development.”
This was a fantastic meeting. The leaders we have as a part of this group are fun, passionate, and open to wherever God would lead their churches. Having Mark Miller with us was a treat as always. Its always challenging and inspiring to hear Mark ‘break bread’ on leadership development. This is one of the most critical topics for churches to remain healthy and ready for when God provides growth opportunities. The lack of emphasis on leadership development, I believe, is one of the key reasons so many churches are stagnant or declining.
For you church leaders out there, what are your plans for developing leaders in the coming year? I heard a second-hand comment from one of the largest churches in America last week. They said that after growing by 10,000 (yes, the comma is in the right place) last year, they hardly felt it at a leadership level. What would growing by 10,000 at your church next year do to your leadership structure?
Let’s scale that down a bit.
If God was to double the size of your church next year, what leaders would be necessary to sustain that growth? What would you need to be doing now to get there? Start acting “as if”.Image Credit: www.thesoupergirl.com