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Leaders should be adept at leading change if they want to help their churches get unstuck.
Some call it “the summer slump.” Vacations, sports and other activities can certainly make church growth difficult during the summer months.
January - Launch - Brand - Year - Year
In January, churches launch into the brand new year (with last year’s strategy) expecting completely different results. Countless events are scheduled, and everyone is hustling to make things happen.
Typically, no one slows down long enough to measure how successful the year has been until school is out and attendance and giving have started to dip. Gaps and deficiencies overlooked during the year become painfully obvious during the summer months. Before a church is ready to get unstuck, the pain of staying the same must be greater than the pain of necessary change.
Summer - Time - Changes - Vision - Fall
Fortunately, summer can also be an ideal time to begin implementing changes that will propel vision forward in the fall.
Here are 4 changes you should consider making now that will help you finish the year on a strong note:
Summer - Time - Effort - Picture - God
Summer is a great time to re-evaluate who you should be reaching. This takes intentional effort and begins with developing a clear picture of who God has called your church to reach. It’s possible that you have spent a great deal of time focusing on the people who already attend your church instead of reaching those outside of your church who do not have a relationship with Jesus.
Are people inviting their friends to your church services? People won’t compel their friends to visit their church or seek a relationship with Jesus if they themselves aren’t compelled. The next two months are a perfect opportunity to evaluate your weekend services. What are you doing well? What needs to improve? How can you be more intentional about creating compelling services that make it easy for people to...
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