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5 Questions to answer:

1. What is your leadership challenge at work?

  • Under challenged, Appropriately challenged, Dangerously over challenged
  • At what level do you do your best work? Just a little above the appropriately challenged level.

Knowing that leaders do there best work just above the appropriately challenged level:

  • If you are under challenged, do what you have to do to bring yourself up
  • If you are dangerously over challenged, you have to do something quickly to fix that

What is the challenge level of your associates?

  • Good leaders will leave if they are under challenged

What is the challenge level of the organization?

2. What is your plan for dealing with challenging people in your organization?

  • If you lost 50% of your revenue, who would you keep/say goodbye to?

The key to an organizations future is their ability to attract and keep fantastic people. The same is true on the other end of the spectrum; an organizations future also depends on letting people go that need to be let go.

  • How long do you let someone with a bad attitude remain?  30 days max, it is addressed as soon as you see a pattern develop
  • How long do you keep someone who is under performing? 3 months. Put on a performance plan and address as soon as you see the pattern develop
  • How long do you allow someone to remain when the organization outgrows that leaders capacity? These are tough calls to make. This almost always leads to heartbreak. 6-12 months are given to develop or redeploy. If they have to leave, you should honor them for their service and give them a generous severance.

If you don’t deal with people that have a bad attitude, you will discourage and defeat your fantastic people. You have to deal with challenging people quickly.

Challenging people, deep down, are not happy people. When you have these tough conversations many times they will come back and thank you later.

3. Are you naming, facing and resolving the problems that exist in your organization?

  • Real leaders face and resolve the problems. It builds trust in the organization.

Ideas and programs will only last so long. Everything has a life cycle. The things that are booming and that have momentum now will eventually decorate and tank, becoming a problem that will need to be faced. They key is to reinvent before something tanks.

4. When is the last time you re-examined the core of what your organization is all about?

  • Great leaders ask are we all about?
  • The Bible is clear, the church is in the life-changing business.

5. Have you had your leadership bell rung recently?

  • Leaders rarely learn anything new without having their world rocked or their bell rung.
  • It is easier to make excuses than to create solutions to move your organization from here to there.
  • Keep moving things forward. The way you end is the way you are remembered.

Session 5 was the Arts Mash-Up.  Awesome presentations from all 3 churches!

  • Every new term that comes out tells us we’re doing church wrong. So “Missional schmissional and Attractional Schmactional!”
  • 40% of people are attracted to and will come to the “box,” and that number is shrinking.  Tim says that the number holds true for Granger and its community.
  • Granger did not exist 25 years ago, and now it runs over 5000.  But has it made a dent on the statistical number of unchurched in the area.
  • Granger does not have all the answers, but here is what we know at Granger right now:

o   We must begin reaching the 60% of people that are unchurched in the area

o   We must reach more of the 40% that will go to church

o   We must help the 40% reach their 60%

  • In the past we wanted to get the community into the church, in the future,, we want to get the church into the community
  • In the past church was defined by the weekend service, in the future, church is defined by where you are
  • In the past, it was primarily centralized, top down structure, in the future, it is a decentralized, organic structure for quick growth
  • In the past, there was no designated giving, in the future,, there are lots of ways to give to your passion
  • In the past, people have come to the building to do their ministry, in the future,, ministry isn’t confined to a building. It happens everywhere you are.
  • In the past, buildings  served the church, the community is invited to join, in the future, buildings serve the community, the congregation also meets there.

The community at large should no longer look at the church as a last resort, but the first place to go for hope and help!

  • People who say they have no religious affiliation has doubled in the last 10 years.
  • Missional people + Multiplying churches = Missional movement

Creating a culture for missional movement

  • Ordain every Christ-follower. Live the priesthood of believers.
  • Lead with a “yes”. Allow others to live out their dream.
  • Make heroes of everyday people.  Tell people’s story. When people see everyday people doing something it inspires them and releases them to do what God has birthed in them.

This was used as the opening video for The AND Conference.

We’re plagued by the curses of the vs. They are all around us – including in how we think we have to do church.

Before we were plagued by the “curses of the vs.” but now, we’re opening up a can of the Power of The AND. The thought process that church doesn’t have to be missional OR attractional – it’s the power of AND instead of OR.

Attractional 101

  • External Focus
  • Cultural Relevance
  • Priesthood of believers (every member a minister – focus on service)
  • Church as an institution

Missional 101

  • Educates and sends members out to where the people live
  • People do not come to the church, the church goes to the people
  • Church as a movement

The tone over the last many years has been one of being either or; being opposed to one another.

Transactional model of mission

  • Pay another organization to send out missionaries
  • May even have some of our people tag along for short term work
  • Based and focused on the organization

In the book of Acts, we see missions done through the local church, not an external organization.  Missional is the responsibility of the church itself.

  • We need to move from cultural relevance to cultural embedment.
  • Do we have to see church as institution and church as movement as being against each other.  The can exist together in a healthy relationship.
  • God’s Spirit empowers and gives life to both expressions of the church.