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How to create a healthy dynamic in your church

Last week I watched the US Open golf tournament where Matt Fitzpatrick from England played a winning final round. As he turned toward the last nine, the analyst spoke in a whisper, as if his comments might disturb the leader hundreds of yards away.

“He just needs to clear his head. To only focus on what is most important at the moment.”

What is the most important thing now?

It’s a good question, one not easily answered in the constant whirl of ministry needs and opportunities.

The power of momentum

Patrick Lencioni, organizational leadership expert, says this is one of the seven crucial questions every organization needs to ask itself often — “often” is broadly defined as every six to nine months.

You remember Jim Collins, don’t you? Or maybe you are too young to remember the book Good to great as insightful reading on how to lead well.

A metaphor that Collins popularized in this book revolved around the concept of momentum. He wrote about the “flywheel” of dynamics in an organization like a church. Momentum has several definitions, but for my purposes this is the best: “Strength or power gained through movement or a series of events.”

Every pastoral leader knows the inherent value of having a ministry pulse in a local church or a department of the church, such as student, children’s, or men’s ministry. When a ministry gains momentum, it often has a series of successful milestones that spawn more successful milestones. With momentum, the service can feel unstoppable.

Pastors and lay leaders crave momentum and love to see the fresh wind of God’s Spirit working in unity with God’s people to create what Collins called the momentum’s “flywheel effect.”

In a machine, the flywheel is usually a large, heavy piece of metal that, once set in motion by a great deal of energy input, stores kinetic energy and does not change speed easily. It takes a lot to get a flywheel spinning. Flywheels with momentum can be changed or stopped, but they usually continue to run at a reduced energy demand.

You may not have said it that way, but every pastor prays for the power of the Holy Spirit throughout the length and breadth of his church or ministry. Every pastor and leadership team is afraid when negative momentum works against them!

Make the right decisions on duty

So how do we create a healthy dynamic in a church or ministry?

I once heard someone ask Pastor Leith Anderson that question. His answer was “a thousand good decisions”.

Wow! How easy is that! Let’s start counting today!

Unfortunately, negative dynamics in a church only seem to require three bad choices nearby, and negative dynamics will overwhelm you! Such is the nature of life and ministry in a world broken by sin!

Ministry decisions come in all shapes and sizes.

Most are small, almost harmless decisions that we make on a daily and weekly basis, e.g. For example, what text to preach, what version of the Bible is best, what music to choose for the church, or what crafts and games to use with the children.

Other decisions are larger and come three or four times a year, e.g. B. the focus of our fall discipleship groups, what mission trips to develop, what local missions to focus on next, and defining the theme for this holiday season.

Some decisions are rare and have major consequences, such as next year’s budget, the next agency we should create, the right person for a managerial position, or the next major project.

The goal is to get as many right as possible with the assurance that God seeks to guide us as we seek Him. No one makes a thousand right decisions in a row, and God has overflowing grace to cover us.

God honors the effort

Pastor Steve Stroope of Lakepointe Church in Rockwall, Texas taught me years ago that anticipation is one of the key skills and responsibilities of ministry leaders. The pastor and leadership team must consistently raise their focus and look down. They are the ones in the community who must anticipate and prepare for the next hill to climb, the next need, the next opportunity to seize.

A blessing can sometimes feel like a curse. Anticipation is one of them. Forecasting and planning is hard work. Organizing two, three, two or three day gatherings to pray, study, discuss and decide can be difficult to find in the unrelenting rigor of church ministry.

But God rewards the effort. He gave us the ability. If we don’t stop praying, pondering, and planning, this adage will likely become our future: “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”

God invites us to lean on him and look to him in all our planning (Proverbs 3:5-5). As you anticipate the next season of ministry this fall and winter, remember God’s message through James: “Now listen to them who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we’re going to go to this town or that, spend a year there, do business and make money.’ Why, you don’t even know what’s going to happen tomorrow. what is your life You are a mist that appears for a little while and then disappears. Instead you should say, ‘If it be the will of the Lord we shall live and do this or that’” (James 4:13-15 NIV).

Be sure to include this in your planning prayers: “And may the Lord our God approve us and make our efforts prosperous. Yes, make our efforts successful!” (Psalm 90:17 NLT).