This past week I read a report from another church about why ours was so large and growing. What was interesting to me was the mixing of categories. The reporter had gotten some of the reasons right, but others he had mis-labeled.
When I write that there were mixing of categories what I mean is there were several points made that related to why we had become a large and growing church. However the report listed things that were products of our growth not catalysts of our growth. A large building, and many staff are results of a growing church. Those were points included in the report. These were not always catalysts for growth, but results of the growth. We added programs as we need them to meet needs and accommodate growth.
Then there were factors they listed that did point to catalysts of growth at LifePoint. One point had to do with our commitment to CARE. This acrostic stands for the values we try to live out when it comes to executing ministry. CARE stands for Creativity, Authenticity, Relevance and Excellence. We do our best to do ministry in that manner. It has marked who we are for the life of our church. Our commitment to those values fuels what we do. Another point the report made was our healthy thriving small group ministry. We connect people in community through our small group ministry. What we say at LifePoint is we grow larger by growing smaller. We’ve always used small groups to care for and disciple adults youth and children.
I could go on and on listing things the report stated as growth factors that fit into both categories. I guess the point of this post is more of a caution than anything else. When you are looking for success factors in another organization that you can utilize in your setting make sure you are not getting your categories mixed up. Make sure you really are focusing on growth factors and not just the resulting factors of growth or improvement. If you focus on the results category and miss the catalyst one you’ll be very dissapointed.
Well that’s this leader’s view