Yesterday I posted about a small conference put on by Growing Healthy Churches and Larry Obsorne at North Coast Church.
Here are some notes from Session 2 with Larry Osborne.
- Develop a love for the struggler.
- “Generals always prepare for the last (previous) war.”
- “As soon as you figure out the rules, they change on you.”
- Things that frequently change the rules: Calendar, Events and Growth
- There’s a Cultural Shift happening: “The Loss of Excellence”
- 2 Keys to the Culture: Authenticity & the Bono Factor (What are you doing for someone else?)
- “Growth Changes Everything”
1. Poor Relationship Skills: Doesn’t play well with others in the sandbox
2. Inability to Adapt: Poor at mid-course corrections
1. Ability to Adapt.
2. Plays wells with others.
- “Your tribe is where you’ll be comfortable:
- Breakthroughs happen when we listen to outsiders
- PROBLEM: We idolize the past
- PROBLEM: We start to abandon our mission to chase our successes
- “We need to stop doing what’s succeeding in order to do what’s important”
- Always ask, “Why do we do this?”
- PROBLEM: Clinging to comfortable patterns of relationship
Church Growth Through Relational Stages:
Stage 1: Track Star
A church plant is like a Track Star, the Pastor does everything. It’s a solo role.
Stage 2: Golfing Buddies
Very relational, fun, everyone is equal
Stage 3: Basketball Team
300-500 people; role players, there’s a bench, there are stars, still highly relational
Stage 4: Football Team
Coach doesn’t know what’s happened until he watches the film; Not everyone could fit into a van, you’re taking buses to games, not everyone knows what’s going on or knows everybody else
- Relational Patters (specifically how people relate to the senior pastor)
- Don’t get sucked to the middle; in the middle you only know the problems and the stars
- You have to fight to get to the fringe
- “Learn the difference between disappointing people and crushing them.”
- “Give away symbols of prestige to create partners to expand your influence”