Many people talk about “getting to the next level”. We here is in business, from financial gurus, from relationship advisors and in our churches. This year we’re going to a ‘Hole ‘Nother Level! (HNL) Have you ever wondered how?
Most people don’t enjoy change but the stark reality is that we can’t get to a HNL by doing the same things we did to get to this level. I’m a big fan of consistency and realize that many things may be accomplished simply by not quitting BUT leaps in success or growth are almost always preceded by changes in behavior. One definition of insanity is “to repeat the same behavior over and over, expecting a different result.” The method, the priorities, the effort, the staff, the relationships…something has to change.
As I look at how differently people perceive church growth I realize that usually the first thing must change is people’s perception of the situation. Whether it’s a person who looks at a picture of themselves on the web and says, “Am I that fat?” or a business who makes excuses, “We’re losing customers because it’s a bad economy.” or a church that stops to realize that they haven’t experienced God converting more than “two sinners to saints” in the same year in so long, they can’t find a record for it…HOW the situation is viewed is the key to change, which is the key to beginning to grow.
I’ll talk more about church growth next blog but for now, please take a hard look at your relationships, your finances, your body, your career, your spiritual life, are your growing in that area or are you stagnant?
After the realization that a change is needed, ask the question “What needs to change?”
Next blog I’ll apply this to growing your church.