4 Accelerators for Effective Change in Your Church (part 2 of 2)

Gabe Kolstad here again, continuing where we left of on Monday, looking at 4 Accelerators for Effective Change.

In Monday’s post, I shared the first two accelerators:

1. ACTION: Do what you can, right now.

2. VISION: Get clear about where you’re going.

And today, the other two…

3. TEAM: Gather support.

Get the best people you can in the right places as soon as you possibly can.  At my church we’ve tried to operate on the “promote from within” philosophy when we can.  We start with our volunteers, raise up leaders, guide and develop, and release for impact.

It’s messy, it often goes slower than I like, and just when you get an amazing leader in place they get a job transfer to another city!  But all the while God is grooming the people you need for the ministry He has in mind.

Once in a while we realize that we need to look beyond our church to find the leader for the next phase.  There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s actually very normal.  Just be careful you find someone who has the DNA of your church flowing through their veins.

Placing the right leader in the right place will accelerate the change & growth process in your church like almost nothing else.

For help on organizing your team, check out Nelson’s resource, “The Ministry Seminar.”  Our team has devoured this seminar over and over again, and we’ve found it to be an invaluable tool for taking it to the next level.

4. MOMENTUM: Point the spotlight on what’s working.

John Maxwell calls momentum “a leader’s best friend.”  The fact is, there are many things that are going very well in every church.  What are they?  How about in your church?  This secret has helped us introduce changes and speed up the process.

Like Chip & Dan Heath teach in their groundbreaking book Switch, ask “What’s working well, and how can we do more of that?”

Putting the spotlight on the people & processes that are heading the right direction will reduce conflict, eliminate unnecessary steps, and create enthusiasm about the future.

When we were transitioning our Groups ministry to a semester-based model we decided to make heroes out of the group leaders that were making the switch easily.  We brought them on stage, promoted their groups, congratulated their efforts, and gave them increased influence.

We spent very little time and energy dealing with negativity because people were embracing what they saw publicly.

That which gets rewarded gets repeated.  

Which of these 4 Accelerators do you need to start on first?  

Make it a goal to take the first step before the end of the day today.

Looking forward to our next post!


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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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