1 7 Steps to Breaking 200 Insanely Practical Advice for Pastors
2 1 Prepare for Guests You have at least five great opportunities to show hospitality to guests. Your website should set expectations. Your first impressions team should say hello. Your kids s check in team should remove tension. Your church service should explain everything. Your follow up process should create conversations.
3 Guest friendly churches show Biblical hospitality. There s a Biblical mandate to show hospitality to all people. Hebrews13:2 says some of us have actually entertained angels without knowing. I Peter 4:9 says we should show hospitality to all people. A church that s friendly to guests is a church that takes the Bible seriously.
4 You get to design an effective process. Churches that break 200 often start by creating an intentional guest follow up process. Your goal is not activity, but effectiveness. And, you get to design the process. Would phone calls, note cards, or text messages help people get connected? Could you provide a personal guide to help new people make friends? Are you leading people to one, super-clear next step?
5 2 Get the right people in the right spots What got you here won t get you there. Those are the words of Marshall Goldsmith. And, while his excellent book isn t about the church, all church leaders should take note. There s a good chance the leadership structure of your church will actually HINDER growth beyond 200 regular attenders.
6 In a growing church, the Pastor s role must change. You must make the shift from the one who does all of the ministry and makes all of the decisions to the one who leads a team of people who lead ministry at a high level.
7 Instead of a genius with a dozen helpers, create a leadership team. Pastors who break through often empower more people to lead and make decisions. Rather than oversee all of the full-time, part-time, and volunteer staff, create a leadership team of three or four committed leaders to manage all the ministry. Lead the leaders.
8 You are the Chief Clarity Officer. Churches do not drift into clarity and people do not fight to stay in the place where they can do the most good. Senior Pastors of growing churches must clarify roles and goals for each person on the team.
9 We have job descriptions, org charts, and all the coaching you need to lead a leadership structure transition in your church. Click the graphic to enroll in the Breaking 200 Course.
10 3 Clarify your mission and vision Mission (sometimes called purpose) and Vision (sometimes called mission) are two distinct things. Pastors that lead growing churches must work hard to clarify and communicate both.
11 Your MISSION is your WHY. Your mission is why your church exists. It s your answer to the question Why are we here? It s your God-given reason for being. In a way, your mission is never really accomplished. It s something you will always strive to for, but you ll never truly check it off the list.
12 Your VISION is what it looks like as you re living on mission. Vision, on the other hand, should be specific and concrete. It needs a deadline and you should be able to accomplish it in a set amount of time. While your mission will be the same 100 years from now, your vision will change as your church grows.
13 Communicate BOTH. You need to communicate your mission and your vision using short, powerful statements. This is an example of vision. NewSpring is out to reach 100,000 people in South Carolina for Christ. That s specific and when they accomplish it, they will ask what s next?
14 4 Focus on what really matters All ministries are not created equal. Some things you do need an unusual amount of time and money. This isn t about fairness, it s about effectiveness. For some, it means honest evaluation of all our regular programs and ministry. For others, it means we need to stop doing something that worked long ago but doesn t work well anymore.
15 The key word in evaluation is When you evaluate programs, ministries and special events, the key word is not good or bad. It s effective. Pastors and church leaders must ask, How effective is this at helping us accomplish our mission and fulfill our vision. There are a lot of good programs keeping us back from doing great ministry. Stewardship is about allocating time, money and energy into what works best.
16 You must find your ministry hedgehog. In Good to Great, Jim Collins reintroduced the idea of the hedgehog concept. While the fox knows many things, the hedgehog is focused on one thing. Churches need to find their ministry hedgehog. In many cases, what you stop doing is more important than what you start doing.
17 The Breaking 200 Course comes with five evaluation forms to help you evaluate every program, ministry and special event in your church. Click the graphic to learn more.
18 5 Create a quality church service First of all, stewardship is about doing your best with what you have. So don t let a lack of resources keep you back. Evaluation, planning, and hard work are free. Loving people and creating a welcoming environment will take lots of focus but little money. Growth has more to do with your mindset than your budget
19 Pay attention to key moments. Most traffic accidents occur at intersections. And, transitions in your service are one of the most important times to focus on quality. Pay attention to what you say before you receive the offering, before you stand to worship and how you begin and end the church service. Key moments in your service provide clarity and improve quality.
20 Evaluate everything. While small churches may not have the resources of larger churches, the things that often make the most difference are free. It s free to evaluate your welcome, offering, musicians, sermon, order of service and invitation. Ask tough questions and give people a place to provide honest feedback. When you get better, the church gets better.
21 Involve others. Pastors, you don t have to do it all. You can involve others in the planning and review process. Try sending your message notes to people a few days before Sunday and ask for feedback in advance. Ask volunteers or creative people to give input on the service. When you involve other people, your church service will get better.
22 Practice. Rehearsals, run throughs and preaching to yourself are more free ways you can dramatically improve your service. There s nothing like practice to lead to improved performance.
23 Plan ahead. Someone once said, The call to ministry is the call to prepare. Most problems, in fact, can be solved with proper planning. Plan your year in advance. Plan your service a few weeks head. Put everything on a simple spreadsheet. If you struggle to get ahead, just sacrifice a few weeks and start planning a Sunday service a few weeks from now.
24 THINGS THAT ARE INEXPENSIVE OR FREE Planning Ahead Loving people Evaluation Learning Volunteering Inviting Others Engaging on Social Media Preaching the Gospel Developing Leaders Praying for People
25 6 Get the word out Marketing and advertising are not evil. They are tools a skilled leader can use to reach people for Christ. Outreach is really just an early form of advertising. In Romans 10, Paul asks the question, How can people know if they don t hear?
26 Equip your church to invite. It s not enough to ask your church to invite. You ve got to give them the tools they need. Print invite cards and make them available. Write a Facebook post and ask them to share on a specific day. Create graphics they can share with their friends and coworkers.
27 Always talk to guests. If there are 27 people in your church service and you know all of them because they are related to you, still speak to first-time guests during your welcome, announcements and service. You re setting the tone that Sunday morning is appropriate for guests and communicating an expectation that guests should be there.
28 Create an experience worthy of an invite. Instead of asking people to invite, some churches would do well to work on the overall experience. Make sure you ve got a quality experience where people are hearing messages of hope and experiencing the love of Jesus and people will naturally invite their friends.
29 The Breaking 200 Course includes practical coaching and a ton of resources to help you attract and connect first time guests. Click the graphic below to learn more.
30 7 Recruit volunteers and leaders First of all, stewardship is about doing your best with what you have. So don t let a lack of resources keep you back. Evaluation, planning, and hard work are free. Loving people and creating a welcoming environment will take lots of focus but little money. Growth has more to do with your mindset than your budget.
31 There s a big difference. There s a big difference between a volunteer and a leader. And, your church needs both. Your job as a pastor is to equip people to do the work of the ministry, not to do all the ministry yourself. This requires a steadfast commitment and an intentional plan to recruit and invite people to participate.
32 Train volunteers without wasting time. What do volunteers really need to know? Is there a better way than a poorly-attended training meeting to distribute information. Here are some meeting alternatives.
33 1 2 3 CONFERENCE CALLS VIDEO TRAINING
34 Inspire people to serve and lead. Churches that break 200 inspire people to serve and lead in a way that also helps them follow Jesus. Use sermons and clear communication to invite a large group of people to serve at one time. Or, turn your existing volunteers into recruitment specialists by changing their job description.
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