I am on a constant journey to grow in leadership. Lately I have been looking to grow as a pastor and I am trying to learn more about how we can build our church. No, I am not looking for church growth methods, but rather a simple process where we can see steady growth.
Right now we are at the 100-125 barrier. This is our first major hurdle to clear. We hit 100 and dip back down…hit 100 and dip down again. At RFA we must discover what we can do to break the barrier. I know that numbers aren’t everything, but souls are everything. To get past any barrier, we must evaluate whether we are impacting souls for eternity.
Yesterday, I was able to attend the Business Leaders Summit at the Church of Pinnacle Hills. Dr. Ronnie Floyd is a phenomenal leader and preacher. Needless to say, I can learn from him. At this luncheon he presented the process to discovering our future. He spoke in the context of business leadership but I left with a process for our church.
I have read many books on purpose, church growth, leadership, vision and processes. By far, this simple process Dr. Floyd spoke about was the most practical and applicable for our church. He laid out the simple steps to get to your future and it struck a chord with me. I left the luncheon with the feeling, “Finally, that is what I have been waiting for.
I am not the smartest guy in the world. I do, however, read alot of books but most of them are written by guys who are running in the thousands. They share their philosophy based on where they are, not where they have come from. Dr. Floyd’s process however, could work if you had 25 or 2500.
The whole premise of his message was, “The process always precedes the product.”
Here is the process he shared:
1. Start with missional vision and core values. Define your missional vision and core values. Core Values are guiding principles that create a culture that allows you to fulfill your future. These are the things that are non-negotiable. The things you live by.
2. Next is the agreed upon goals. Define your desired results. What do you want to see in the end? What is it you are working for?
3. Then, identify your barriers. Ask yourself, “What stands in my way? What keeps me from accomplishing my desired results.”
4. Define your Objectives. Simply, make plans that will remove the barriers.
5. Last, Make actions and directives. Lay out specific steps to propel us to accomplish our future. This is basically planning how you will make it to the end results.
6. This process leads to the vision of your future.
One thing Dr. Floyd said that arrested my attention was, “The difference between a good leader and a great leader is follow-through.” It hit me like a ton of bricks. Follow-through happens to be a weakness of mine. Not because I don’t finish what I start but rather I have too many irons in the fire, juggling too many things that take away the focus. I am challenged to dedicate a certain portion of everyday to following through on the vision.
If you would like a copy of the process, here is a pdf file that I made from Dr. Floyd’s notes.
These things can be applied to church, ministry, business or family. Enjoy!