I came across an article by Pastor JD Greer. He is the pastor of the Summit Church in North Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing churches in America. Now, as with everything, you must take it with a grain of salt, but the points he makes is very interesting and on target. He talks about the 35 ‘plumblines’ of his ministry. I think it is worth taking a look at for all ministry leaders and church members (those in bold are things that I would emphasize and may write about in more detail in future posts):
JD GREER: People ask me what I wish I’d known when I started pastoring. Here are 35 different things. At our church we call them plumblines. Our plumblines serve as guides for decision-making.
1.The gospel is not just the diving board, it’s the pool. Christians grow not by going beyond the gospel, but deeper into the gospel.
2.People are the mission.
3.Jesus commanded us to make disciples, not converts.
4.Discipleship happens in community.
5.God’s strategy for completing the Great Commission is planting churches in strategic cities.
6.The church is God’s demonstration community.
7.The church is God’s plan A.
8.Belief unlocks the power for the mission of God.
9.The church is not an audience; it is an army.
10.The week is more important than the weekend.
11.The best ministry ideas are in the congregation.
12.The Great Commission is completed through multiplication, not addition.
13. Churches should be evaluated by sending capacity, not just seating capacity.
14.Stay where you are; serve where you live; let’s be the church in that community (a value we promote in our multi-site strategy).
15.We multiply congregations, not preaching points (another value for multi-site).
16.Each small group should function like a small congregation.
17.People come because of quality and options; they stay because of personalization.
18.Those who serve are just as important as those you serve.
19.Live sufficiently, give extravagantly.
20.Generosity is contagious, and so is stinginess.
21.The sermon starts in the parking lot.
22.In light of global lostness, excellence must be balanced by “good enough”.
23.Word of mouth is the best advertisement.
24.Just because “we can” doesn’t mean “we should”.
25.Humility is shown by openness to the ideas of others.
26.Believe the best about others.
27.Move with the movers.
28.Nod to fashion; don’t embrace (especially as you age).
29.Preach the announcements (announcements are – or ought to be – how our people apply the mission).
30.Love is the most essential element of leadership.
31.Pushing out leaders creates more leaders.
32.You replicate what you celebrate.
33.It is easier to get 1 volunteer out of 3 than 3000: Make people feel like you are talking to them personally.
34.One size rarely fits all.
35.When I’m sick of saying it, the staff has just heard it. When they’re sick of hearing it, the church has just become aware of it.
Very good points by JD Greer. Check back soon as will elaborate on the points that I personally would emphasize.