Here are some notes from Session 1 with Larry Osborne.
- You should place equal importance on the first and second part of the great commission.
- I learned that when I had a very small church and I was trying to grow it… “I was using the people I had to reach the people I wanted.”
- RELAX and shepherd the people you have
- When you begin to love people, they just start inviting.
- Think about your favorite restaurant: “Nobody has to tell you to refer, when people love it… it just happens.”
Hard Lessons about Sticky Church:
- Assimilation is not [necessarily] retention
- “Friendship is the stickiest thing you can connect people to”
- A great goal: “Everyone at our church has a best friend there also”
- Stickiness always starts with church health
- “when a church has conflict, it repels”
- “burn out scares people”
- “lack of spiritual growth bores people”
- “It doesn’t take a whole lot for a long-time Christian to believe they are growing”
- “don’t kill the ponies” – don’t kill your volunteers
- “The people who serve are more important than the people they serve”
- Friendliness is NOT Connection
- As a church approaches 200 people, everyone’s relational capacity is full
- Create new small groups, for new people
- Create new connection opportunities for new people
- Count faces, not just #’s
- “Whatever is important, we find a way to measure.”
- ELEVATE other leaders in the church to help people move connections from ONLY the senior pastor
- “When you can get the freshman to a party, they’re going to connect.” (freshman, aka new people, come in without connections, they have relational margin in their life)
- “If I can velcro people to the Bible and to other Christians, I’ve set them up for growth.”
- The Mark of Spiritual Maturity is Obedience… immaturity is a symptom of sin
Session 2, 3 and 4 will be released later.