Excellence Must Be Chosen For a Mid-sized Church to Grow

Some decisions to excel are tough to make, for they take you out of the “aw shucks” mode, and call for strong pastoral leadership. See if you are willing!

Senior Leadership

  • The senior leader envisions and teaches the embraceable values and purposeful mission goal for the church.
  • The speaking pastor continually improves.
  • The pastor defines the board’s role as guardianship of excellence and guidance of values rather than that of management and staff functions.
  • The pastor earns and embraces the role of senior leader of this ministry, this local church, by vision, hard smart work, and excellence.
  • The pastor makes the hard calls to improve and make excellent the work of friends on staff—either to demand a change or dismiss the person.
  • The pastor and staff choose, at least subconsciously, to “swim hard” rather than to “float,” to excel rather than to be comfortable.
  • The leader risks being a little obsessive about details of ministry, believing “the little pixels make the big picture.”  Even non-chalant strong leaders worry about small excellencies.
  • Fewer people are involved in congregational decisions.  Voting at annual membership meetings pertains to call of senior pastor, main board, budget and capital decisions, and constitution issues.  This can be hard for people who remember the small “church family” meetings.

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Relationship, Relationship, Relationship -Board

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If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Philippians 2:1-4

[The overall health is equal to the sum of its parts.]

1. Pastors and Elders to God

a. Stay very close; love with whole heart.
b. Pray for His glory, His wisdom and strength.
c. Make    decisions     for Him, never for self.
d.    Glorify     Him.

       Matthew 16   Who will build this?

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