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Practical Stuff for Church Leaders

Andy Stanley Closes Catalyst

Andy gave one of the most practical messages on change in an organization. If you are in a church or company or organization and are frustrated with lack of change--then get a CD or DVD of this talk right away. Don't delay. It's that good.

  • Some systems impede ministry. Some systems help ministry.
  • If you don’t figure out systems, you’ll be frustrated and fire people because you think it’s’ their fault when it’s really because you haven’t set up good systems.
  • Talks don’t create behaviors. Preaching does not create behaviors. Cool environments don’t create behaviors. Systems create behaviors.
  • Our whole evangelism strategy is summed up in two words: “Invest and Invite.” Invest in relationships with unbelievers and at the appropriate time, invite them to an environment where they can hear the gospel.
  • If your people won’t invite people to church, it’s because you don’t have a system that is working toward that behavior.
  • Can't get people to join small groups? Create a system that is designed to get people in groups.
  • Every good system has these components...
    • Expectations or Rules
    • Rewards (or lack of). What gets rewarded gets repeated.
    • Consequences (or lack of)
    • Communication (content and style)
    • Behavior (of those in charge)
  • Systems have a greater impact on behavior than mission statements.
  • Your staff is doing exactly what you have led and rewarded them to do.
  • Somewhere in your organization you are rewarding the wrong thing and then you are mad because you aren't getting something that you want.
  • Nothing changes in your organization unless you change systems. And it is VERY HARD to change systems.
  • In the New Testament we find out what the early church did. It is not a roadmap for what we should do.
  • Churches that are led by we (congregational) instead of me (a leader with accountability) are the ones that tend to end up with disfunctional systems.
  • Your systems should allow you to make complex decisions in the context of a small group of empowered decisions.
  • Next steps - work through these questions...
    • What are the behaviors we want our people to do?
    • What is one thing we are doing to encourage those behaviors? What are we doing in the rhythm of our organization to motivate that type of behavior?
    • List the things you are doing, maybe inadvertently, that encourage the opposite of that behavior?

I'm serious. Get the DVD from Catalyst of this talk.