Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Debunking the Clergification Myth | YourChurch.net

Debunking the Clergification Myth | YourChurch.net

What does a yellow light mean?

Thirty years ago on September 25, 1979, the sitcom TAXI aired it's episode entitled "Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey." The highlight of that episode, and one of the funniest moments in sitcom history and all of American network television, was when the bum Reverend Jim Ignatowski (played by Christopher Lloyd), was taking his Driver's License test. He read the first question out loud, "What does a yellow light mean?" His fellow cabbies answer him with "slow down," only for him to reply with a slowed version of the same question... "What... does... a... yellow... light... mean?" and so on and so on. You can watch it @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvn-tBeLpCk Hilarious! Pastor James, the brother of Jesus, reminded me today in my Quiet Time in James 1:19-20 (NASB): This you know, my beloved brethren but everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. In the matter of speed, sometimes I need to act quickly and sometimes I need to SLOW DOWN! Lately, more than ever before, God is revealing to me that in many of my relationships I have been slow to listen and quick to speak and quick to anger. Thank You Holy Spirit for convicting me. I am choosing to surrender to Your leadership, Holy Spirit, as You mature my heart and make me more like Jesus.

How about you? Like me, have you been speeding too?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Viral Churches

At EXPONENTIAL ’10, I had the privilege of hearing Ed Stetzer in his workshop entitled Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers, also the title of his and Warren Bird’s new book. Based on a study that was commissioned by the Leadership Network, Ed reveals the best practices in church planting and uncovers the common threads among them. Be inspired to plant churches that create a multiplication movement. Discover what to do next in your church planting strategies, in light of research on what's actually working best.

My notes from the workshop: NEW CHURCHES PLANT NEW CHURCHES! Be an "Antioch" Church; we have enough "Jerusalem Churches!" Don’t just plant a tree, plant an orchard! Movement Makers do these eight things: 1) MULTIPLY EVERYTHING! Disciples, Home Groups, Ministries, Churches. Everything must be reproducible! What’s alive gets multiplied! i.e. Multi-site: easy to add sites, need more of Lead Pastors; 2) MODEL MULTIPLICATION! Godly leaders produce Godly leaders! Real MISSIONAL ministry is messy because it involves marginalized people! Bad people make good soil; 3) BE BORN PREGNANT! Plant within one year! Plant when you grow by 25%! Send your BEST people out; 4) OPEN MORE LANES! Can’t pay your way to a Church Multiplication Movement! Bi-Vocational is an option. House churches. Ethnic works. There are different approaches; 5) GIVE PERMISSION! Tools not rules! Systems. Structures. There are planters among the people of your church; 6) OVERCOME FEAR! Have it? Yes! But God’s love casts out all fear! Do not consider it a success unless it multiplies; 7) DEFINE MISSIONAL WELL! New Testament missional multiplies! Join God on His mission: locally, nationally & globally. Faithfully engage culture; 8) PLANT BY MULTIPLICATION & NOT ONLY BY FUNDING! Don’t “tip” multiplication and say it’s the Great Commission.

Planting is like having a baby; it’s bloody, messy & painful, but you want to do it over and over again! Now reading the book. Get it! :o) Randy

Saturday, May 1, 2010

What I learned from Bob Harrington about Coaching Church Planters @ Exponential ‘10

In Mark 8:27-30, Jesus was COACHING! In I Thessalonians 2:11-12, Paul was COACHING!

There are 5 ways people learn: 1) Dictating: tell what to do; 2) Teaching: give info so knows what to do; 3) Mentoring: sharing experience so knows what to do; 4) COACHING: coming alongside, asking questions to draw out answers and decisions and 5) Releasing: letting people go assuming know what to do. A Mentor is one who’s gone ahead and pours back into someone else, but a COACH is one who comes alongside and draws out. Mentoring and Coaching are VERY different! Consulting and COACHING are also very different. A Consultant is an expert role, sets the agenda, gives solutions and is content-driven. A Coach has experise in asking good questions, helps articulate goals and is process-driven.

The 5 R’s of Highly Effective Coaching are 1) Relate: ask about personal/church life; who vs. what; 2) Reflect: share top struggles; 3) Refocus: top 3 areas where need help; 4) Resource: ask for insight in these top 3 areas and 5) Review: review top ideas, suggestions and GOALS!

There are 4 types of effecting Coaching Relationships: 1) One-on-One: where special attention is needed, helpful for emerging leaders; 2) Triads/Trios: increased care and attention, peer-to-peer maximized; 3) Clusters: requires group dynamic leadership, time intensive for individual focus, involves 4-7 leaders; and 4) Groups: involves 8-16 leaders.

Most Church Planters are doing something they have NEVER done before! They need guidance from a Coach who’s done it before. They need help and accountability to be all that they can be! They need a Coach who knows them well and can encourage them to be the best. Church Planters don’t know what NORMAL is; they need someone who does! They feel all alone and need an unconditional supporter. Coached Church Planters are far more successful!

Six Key Things for Coaching Church Planters:
1. Planter must find & receive a Good Coach. Coach should have planted a church himself, so when necessary can serve as a mentor too.
2. Coach needs basic training in the science of coaching and how to utilize effective coaching strategies.
3. Establish a Coaching Covenant/Contract: weekly call 45-60 minutes during pre-launch and for 12 months after launch (emails and resource material beyond that).
4. Coach should visit location and launch team before launch and within 12 months after the launch.
5. Chemistry: planter should know coach really cares for him and that coach will be there for him in a crisis. If chemistry not good, planter needs different coach. Challenge: Planters have never been in a situation before where they were their own boss! Esp. in finances and time management!
6. Predictor of Success: coach with personal success in church planting will sense success or failure. He will often become the key link between the planter and the personal support, guidance, and mentoring that marks the difference between success and failure in a church plant.