Leadership for the Outward

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Transcript Leadership for the Outward

Leadership for the
Outward-Focused Church
Leadership Workshop
Indiana UMC Conference
• Name
• How long have
you been
attending here?
• What service?
(If multiple
worship times)
Core Purpose
Our purpose today is to
understand how our world
around us is changing and to
contemplate the changes
necessary in order to stay
• To consider how cultural changes impact the 21st
century church.
• To begin to contemplate what it will take to make
disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of
the world in the 21st century.
• To consider where your church is in the life cycle
of its history.
• Understand the key components of the weekend
consultation process
• How do these objectives sound to you?”
Why is this so hard?
Did You Know?
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How does I Cor. 9:19-23 apply to us today?
I am free and belong to no man, I make
myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as
possible. 20To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the
Jews. To those under the law I became like one under
the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as
to win those under the law. 21To those not having the
law I became like one not having the law (though I
am not free from God's law but am under Christ's
law), so as to win those not having the law. 22To the
weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become
all things to all men so that by all possible means I
might save some. 23I do all this for the sake of the
gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
How does I Cor. 9:19-23
apply to us today?
• What does it mean to you to
“be all things to all people?”
• For what purpose?
• What might this look like for
your church? Be specific.
First Culture Shift
• We have moved from Fellowship to
Social Media.
First Culture Shift
But that is only a small fraction of
what is out there is cyberspace.
First Culture Shift
• How are you developing relationships with
new people?
• One challenge we have in
many churches is we
have too much fellowship
and not enough
hospitality. “What is the
First Culture Shift
• We must realize the message is sacred,
the form or style is not.
Change Happens
Are you expecting
them to adapt to
the way things are
done in the church,
or are you adapting
to the current
Second Culture Shift
• We have moved from an Attraction mode
to a Networking mode.
Pastor Susan
Worship times 9:15 and 11:00
Third Culture Shift
• We no longer are in “Christendom”, we
now live in a Secular Nation.
Third Culture Shift
Spirituality vs. Religion
NONES – (video)
Almost three-fourths of 18 to 29
year-olds agree they’re more
spiritual than religious. (USA Today
October, 2010)
Who to Trust????
I like Jesus !
I’m not sure about the church!
Third Culture Shift
The “day to worship” has become
a “day to play.”
Changes In Our World
• Flourishing,
growing churches
• Declining, dying
• Two-parent families • Many forms of family
• Authority not
• Everything is
• Denominational Era
• “Big-Box” church Era
• Martin Luther King Jr.
and Bobby Kennedy
assassinated (JFK was
in ‘63)
• Civil Rights Movement
• Role of Women
• Vietnam War
• Personal Computers /
• The World Is Flat
• Social Networking
• Christianity Moving South
Systemic Obsolescence
• Systems used in the
‘50s & ‘60s
• Structures of
churches and
Systemic Obsolescence
• Systems used in most of our churches were
designed in the 50s and 60s
• Our systems are designed to get what they
• Need to move from a membership system
(caring for our members) to a missionary
system (reaching the lost).
The Way We “Do
Church” is Changing
• Attendance
(every week to twice a
• Meetings (Used to be times of fellowship)
• Committees to Teams (People are
more interested in action than reports.)
“What are some other examples you have seen
of changes for the way we “do church?”
Generational Differences
• Builders (1915-30)
• Piano & Organ
• Silents (1930-45)
• Electric Organ
• Baby Boomers (45-65) • Bands
• Baby Busters (65-82)
• Acoustic Guitar
• Millenials (82-2000)
• ipod/hard to
• Generation Z (2000>)
• ??? /
too early to tell
Church LifeCycle
V = Vision
R = Relationship
P = Program
S = Structure
Church LifeCycle
Vision In the area of vision there are
three main elements:
• Mission – why a congregation exists; its
purpose. It is important to note that
congregations on the downside do not
change until they become OUTWARD
• Vision – where the congregation is
going; motivation to make necessary
changes to move from downward to
• Values – boundaries that guide the
congregation; will reflect the focus of the
congregation (inward or outward).
Church LifeCycle
• The ability for people to develop relationships with others
in the church is crucial for changing the lifecycle of a
• People are not looking for
friendly congregations, they
are looking for a congregation
where they can make friends!
Everyone needs a place
where they are accepted and
valued for who they are, not
what they do.
Church LifeCycle
The purpose of programs in a congregation is to:
• Help disciples mature
• Aid disciples in the making of more disciples
Church LifeCycle
There are two major questions that constantly need to be
asked of all programs in a church to ensure that the best
programs are in place:
1. How does this program contribute to an outward
focused mission?
[Does it attract new unchurched/de-churched people?]
2. Is this program growing? [Is God rewarding our efforts
by bringing new people through this program?]
Church LifeCycle
• Our goal through programs should be to convert
consumers into committed disciples of Jesus
Christ. There is one program that is not assumed
culturally from our churches but is demanded for
health and growth…. Leadership Development!
Church LifeCycle
1. The church needs leaders to fulfill the
instruction found in Ephesians 4:10-13 to grow
and to mature.
And the One (Jesus) who climbed down is the
One who climbed back up, up to highest
heaven. He handed out gifts above and below, filled heaven
with his gifts, filled earth with his gifts. He handed out gifts of
apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train
Christians in skilled servant work, working within Christ's
body, the church, until we're all moving rhythmically and
easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to
God's Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and
without, fully alive like Christ. (The Message)
Church LifeCycle
For any congregational structure system to be
effective three major things must happen:
1. The leader must be growing and developing as
a leader while developing more leaders.
• The growth of any organization is in
proportion to the leaders being developed.
Church LifeCycle
For any congregational structure system to be
2. Leadership must reflect how work gets done—
responsibility, authority, and accountability.
• Groups do not lead and cannot be held
accountable, therefore the focus must always be
on individuals to lead and be held accountable.
Church LifeCycle
For any congregational structure system to be
effective three major things must happen:
3. The Pastor/Leader must turn the ministry of the
congregation over to the laity (equip the saints to
perform it) and they must turn the leadership of
the congregation over to the pastor/leader.
• Staff members lead their ministries and
manage the programs to produce healthy,
growing disciples and in turn a healthy, growing
Consultation on
the up side
Intervention on the
UMC Church
Workshop Presenter – This is
an example of what this looks
like. Cut and Paste or make a
chart to reflect the church’s
attendance for 15 – 20 years.
Growing, Healthy Churches…
• Externally focused with good deeds and
the Good News linked together
• See themselves as vital to the health &
well being of their communities
• Believe Christians grow best by serving &
giving themselves away to those in need
• Are evangelistically centered & believe in
authentic following of Jesus Christ
The more things change
the more they remain
the same.
18 And
Jesus came and said to them, "All authority
in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go
therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to
obey everything that I have commanded you. And
remember, I am with you always, to the end of the
age.“ (Matt. 28:18-20)
Weekend Consultation
• Friday – interviews / focus group
• Saturday – leadership focus group /
congregation training / prescription prep
• Sunday – service / reading of report