4 Keys to Creating Momentum in Your Church

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MomentumAt times momentum can be an illusive goal. It seems to come when least expected, and dissipates when we feel it should be present. In the church world, it seems even more illusive.

I’ve found there are four vital pillars that must be in place in order to hold any momentum that begins or maintained.

Mission

Mission is the “What” your church should be doing. In the Bible, we would recognize this is our commission or the great commandment. “God and make followers of all people.”

No matter where you are, that is your mission. Don’t let any “method” drive or steer your mission. The mission must drive the method.

Mechanism

What’s the vehicle that will drive the mission. Again this may seem a little elementary, but the simple things are the ones that seem to end up being ignored or forgotten, and the latest get big quick plan becomes the flavor of the year.

The Mechanism we have to accomplish our mission is the Church. The church is the only vehicle ordained by God to carry out and grow the Kingdom. And the church has three parts:

  • Me (The individual)
  • We (The circle or group)
  • Us (The Congregation)
All of these are the church, and must be fully engaged in order for any momentum to take place.

Movement

This takes, on-ramps and predetermined measurable steps. It’s not just a matter of getting people into the Kingdom, they have to be helped, enrougaged, and empowered to move from one level of maturity to the next.

This process of movement will differ from church to church, but every church must have a process and the process must be measurable to ensure people are moving in maturity and becoming more like Jesus.

Multiplication

What doesn’t reproduce will eventually become extinct! The multiplication factor must be apart and it”s the main hub of momentum. When the (3) parts of the church… Me, We & Us begin to grow and multiply. Momentum, lasting, earth shaking and hell robbing momentum occurs!

And when a church has momentum in growing the Kingdom, it’s an incredible force!


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About Artie Davis

Artie Davis wears a lot of hats and leads a lot of people. He's Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, SC. He heads the Comb Network and the Sticks Conference. He speaks and writes about leadership, ministry, church-planting, and cultural diversity in the church. You can find his blog at ArtieDavis.com or catch him on Twitter @artiedavis.

  • http://www.transitionministriesgroup.com Lavern Brown

    I’m glad to see you put mission first.

    God has blessed me with the (undeserved!) opportunity to mentor younger pastors and train colleagues to serve as intentional interims in hurting churches. We invariably find one thing time and again in these churches. Exit interviews with the departing pastor and interviews with the leaders and members who remain behind reveal the fact that the church has lost sight of its mission.

    In these interviews I try to be sensitive to observer bias but this turns up so often it’s almost predictable.

    I think there are several explanations why these churches (perhaps most churches?) lose contact with their mission.

    1. The pastor may be unclear about the mission. Perhaps pastor can quote the verses but doesn’t have a well-rounded understanding of the mission and how it fits into the mission of God in the world.
    2. Many pastors (a majority?) are creative, inquisitive people. As such, we tend to get bored with “same old, same old” and are always reading and thinking about new adventures. This can attenuate our message and our focus on the mission. It’s easy for us to get caught up in the latest theological hobby horse or our own soapbox interests and lose sight of the big picture.
    3. Many pastors (again, a majority?) are intelligent. They are quick studies. They “get it” fairly quickly when studying new information or evaluating new ways of thinking. We think other people are the same way, losing sight of the fact that they need to hear the mission again and again and again because the only exposure most will have is 30 to 45 minutes of mission talk on Sunday mornings.

    We fall into the trap of thinking, “Hey, I get this stuff, why don’t they?”

    In that vein I’m told that the most brilliant mathematicians are also the worst teachers. Regular folks struggle with things that are elementary and childish to the mind of a genius. I’d like to be able to say my blame lies here but maybe for some of my colleagues it actually does!

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  • http://onlinebingodeals.wordpress.com Bingo

    There is no key like thing, if any person has a will then it will be possible in any way.

  • http://humanwebsite.com.my Kent

    I think the “why” is very important. The passion to do something or burning desire to do something.

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