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Catalyst Report, part one

catalyst2The Catalyst One Day event at Granger was amazing — It was my first live exposure to Catalyst, and I was impressed.  This is an organization that has their act together and is serious about equipping ministry leaders.

The speakers for the conference were Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel.  In the next few posts, I will share my notes.  Please keep in mind, these are not detailed notes, and any lack of clarity or cohesiveness is mine…

Catalyst Session One

Gaining and Sustaining Momentum – Andy Stanley, Northpoint Community Church

andy-stanleyMomentum – forward motion fueled by a series of wins

You know when you have it – problems, but good problems: parking problems, lots of kids, crowding, etc.  And you know when you don’t – every Sunday is kind of the same, absence of energy and excitement.

Businesses reacts to lack of momentum very rapidly – call meetings, have conversations, make immediate and sometimes drastic changes…  But churches will go for GENERATIONS without momentum and have no concerns as long as things are running smooth and they can pay the pastor…  The church can be flat and dead, and nobody’s upset about it.

When a church gets momentum in many towns, other churches get mad!  In church world momentum is unsettling and disruptive…

You are one stupid decision from killing any momentum you might have…

God created systems:  solar, circulatory, etc.  The Holy Spirit works in systemic ways -God works thru people and the hearts and minds of men…

Is there is a principle/formula of momentum – that can be applied and create momentum?

3 components of sustained momentum:  “New,” “Improved,” and “Improving.”

“New” triggers momentum – anytime you create something new, even if it’s bad, generates momentum

Organizational momentum triggered by 3 things, New direction, new leadership, new product

When evaluating something that lacks momentum, ask: do we need new direction, leader, product?

Momentum is never generated by tweaking something old, it is triggered by introducing something new…

New does not guarantee sustained MO, but is an essential trigger.

“Improved” – must be a noticeable improvement over the old…

 Ask: is this a significant improvement over what we had before?  How is this really different?  If it’s not, don’t do it – wasting resources

If you “can’t afford” to generate momentum, you’re doing too many things.  Wouldn’t you rather have 2 things that have momentum than 10 things that don’t?   

Even significant improvement has a shelf life – nothing feels “new and improved” forever.

“Improving” – momentum is sustained through continuous improvement. 

Example: Trip to the grocery store – old products labeled “new!’ New formula, packaging, etc.  If there’s the perception of “new and improved” people will select that over the old…  Communicates that you are constantly trying to improve, upgrade, positively change things.  “Stick with us – we’ll figure out how to improve…”

Continuous improvement requires systematic evaluation – must be built into the life of the organization in an intentional way…  Requires unfiltered evaluation – every area, everybody, nobody, nothing off limits.

Worship service evaluation is so important – if you’re not doing it, you’re not getting better. Don’t wait till Monday to make Sunday better.

Applying New & Improved to the world of ministry: new personnel, new programming, new series, new look, new venues…  Look for ways to improve your presentations… Visit other orgs./Churches

Momentum stoppers-

  • Disengaged leaders – pursuing side projects
  • Overactive management – managers want to manage things back into sameness and predictability – they are necessary, but not in the key leader role… Have a good working relationship with your mgrs, but don’t allow them to manage away momentum. 
  • Complacency
  • Complexity – age creates complexity -every once and awhile have to pare down and tear down, rebuild new.

Breach of trust

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  1. November 21, 2008 at 4:57 pm

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