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Upgrade Your Old and Tired Operating System

July 1, 2019
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I was recently asked the question,

How can churches remain agile in the midst of an ever-changing culture?”

Many churches have mission-vision clarity and have aligned their ministries, programs, staff and budget to that end. Their questions and tensions usually relate to growth and the management of people, systems and strategy across multiple locations.

The struggling churches we work with typically lack mission-vision clarity and are culturally irrelevant in their local church philosophy and practice. They are struggling to survive and be relevant in a culture that is rapidly becoming post-Christian and church-hostile.

Unfortunately, these church leaders are asking how to survive without changing as the cultural value of church attendance fades even among churchgoers.

Agile churches and those who lead them need to be like the men of Issachar, “who understood the times and knew what to do” (1 Chron. 12:32). They learn to adapt their methods to the ever-changing cultural shifts without compromising their message.

Unfortunately, most churches today are functioning on old and tired operating systems. Most are program, facility or personality-driven instead of mission-driven. What is lacking is a clear mission (why do we exist?) and compelling vision (what are we trying to accomplish?).

My advice to lead pastors is to:

  • Define reality—Where are we now? Who do we want to be?
  • Create a vision for the future—Where do we want to go?
  • Design the pathway forward—How do we get there?
  • Lead the way—Follow me as I follow Christ!
If your operating systems are stuck and you would like a fresh perspective on how to become more mission and vision driven, I would like to recommend that you check out The Unstuck Group’s newest online course Multisite Unstuck.

Whether you are just starting down the multisite path or feel stuck in multisite, this course will equip you with— 

  • Clarity on the multisite mindset and gaps your church has in fully adopting it.
  • Tools for clarifying decision rights, choosing locations, and building volunteer strength for campus launches.
  • A plan to reduce the tension that tends to develop between central ministry and campus leaders.
  • A process to right-size staff and volunteer teams based on the size of your multisite campuses.
  • Tools for evaluating the campus pastor role and setting Campus Pastors up for success.
  • Best practices for multisite models and for structuring your team.
  • Strategies for improving internal and external communication… and more.

In Case You Missed It…

MultiSite Solutions has begun a formal transition to join Tony Morgan and 
The Unstuck Group as part of a two-year merger-succession. We are convinced we can better serve local churches together! Tony and I are putting out some practical (and a lot of free) resources for multisite leaders. 

Get those by opting in to The Unstuck Group’s Multisite email subscription.

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