The Power of “Because” in Leading Change at Your Church

The Assimilation Intensive“Given a big enough why people can bear almost any how.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

Obviously, Nietzsche and I don’t agree on everything, but on this statement we do.

And as a church leader, you need to learn this lesson well and repeatedly…

The most powerful word for leading change in your church is BECAUSE.

I brought this up in my Assimilation Coaching Network recently to help churches increase the number of people who complete Connection Cards in each service.

One of the members of that network, Matt Barnett (Connections Pastor at Solid Rock Community Church in Covington, Washington) and I emailed back and forth and he gave me permission to share a “Because” list that he and his team compiled.

Here’s Matt’s list of reasons why everyone should fill out a Connection Card at his church:

1. Because we are updating our database (specifically useful when people are getting back into routines, like the first of the year or when school starts in the fall).

2. We ask both you and your spouse to fill out a card individually because you each have an individual spiritual journey with Jesus, so your next steps are different too.

3. Because it makes our guests feel more comfortable completing their cards when they see you filling out yours.

4. Because, members and regular attenders, the next steps on this card are for you.

5. Because this card is how you sign up for a small group.

6. Because we all have friends that don’t yet have a relationship with Jesus, and by writing those names (as a next step), we as a staff will join you in praying for them!

Great work Matt!

Of course, the beauty of this principle is that it will work for just about anything you”re trying to lead yourself or other people to do – find enough reasons why and the how gets a lot easier…

It’s the power of BECAUSE!

P.S. Want to know more about how using this simple tool called a “Connection Card” can drastically increase the number of newcomers who get plugged in at your church?  Check out The Assimilation Intensive.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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