2 Simple Steps to Regain Momentum

According to the latest social media posts, 100% of churches are doing great. At least that’s how it can seem. Everyone else’s church is growing, and yours, well, let’s just say it’s a spiritual growth season. All of us, myself included, hate to admit that our church is struggling or that our church has lost momentum. So, too often we go months or even years ignoring the signs that things may be falling apart.

The good news is 99% of the time whatever is going on can be fixed. The bad news is before it can be fixed you have to admit it’s broken.

It could be a system. It could be a ministry. It could be the entire church has just lost the momentum it once had, and you can’t figure out how to get it back.

Hopefully, I can give you some steps to help you regain momentum. But before I do that, let me address where many of you are because I’ve been there.

Many of you are tired and broken. You wouldn’t want to admit it, but many of you have already given up. You’ve resigned yourself to the fact that this is just how it’s always going to be, so what’s the use in trying?

I’m here to tell you, that’s not the case. It can be fixed. It can be everything God intends for it to be, but it’s not going to be a quick fix, and it’s not going to be easy.

So, when you’re done having your pity party, and you’re ready to give it everything you’ve got, I’d love to share with you…

2 Simple Steps to Regain Momentum

  1. Admit You’ve Lost It

What’s the first step in fixing any problem? Admitting you have one, and this is especially tough for pastors and leaders. But as tough as it is, you have to admit it to move forward. Maybe it was caused by a secret sin in your life. Maybe you neglected the simple things like prayer and reading your Bible. Maybe someone you trusted hurt you. Whatever it was, confess it, and move ahead.

  1. Go Back to the Source

Too often the last place we go should have been the place we started. If you’re struggling to find momentum, you need to start by seeking God.

But I have this against you that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. Revelation 2:4-5

Forget about church strategy for a while. Forget about the numbers. Forget about all that stuff, and go back to focusing on your relationship with God. He is the source of your passion and purpose, and only He can restore the momentum you once had.

Your relationship with God is only as good as you want it to be, and if you’ve lost momentum, now you know where to find it.

Has there ever been a time in ministry you lost momentum? How did you get it back? I’d love to hear about it, so leave a comment below, and if you haven’t already make sure to subscribe to the blog to get tips on church growth, leadership, and more delivered to your inbox each week.

The #1 Church Growth Strategy

I’ve been a church strategy junkie for going on ten years now. I read books on church strategy, listen to podcasts on church strategy, and write blogs on church strategy. I’ve even gone so far as to plan vacations around churches I want to learn from. So far I’ve visited Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Point Community Church in Atlanta, and Hillsong Church in New York City.

After ten years of research, I think I’ve finally figured out the absolute best church growth strategy.

Here it is…Love God, and love people.

Be honest, how many of you were disappointed when you read that? It seems too simple? Too generic? You’ve probably heard it before, right?

Yet, that’s the beauty of it. It’s so simple, so generic that any church can do it.

You don’t need a new strategy or a new gimmick. You just need to do what Jesus said.

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:36-39

So, ask yourself this question, do you love God and love people?

Because it begins with you. The people in your congregation, on your team, or in your group will follow your lead.

How often are you praying? How often are you reading your Bible outside of sermon prep time? How often are you raising your arms in worship? How often are you inviting people to church? How often are you being generous to someone?

If you’re not doing it, chances are they’re not going to do it either.

Once you’ve examined yourself, then you can ask the question, does my church love God and love people?

The loving God part is pretty easy. It’s the loving people part that some churches seem to struggle with, and it’s not always easy to see, especially if you’re on the inside.

So, let me help you out. These are a few signs that your church may not love people.

  • If the church has ever turned someone away because of what they were wearing.
  • If the church has ever made someone confess a sin in front of the church.
  • If the church has ever made a negative comment about another church trying to reach the community.
  • If there are “assigned” seats in the church.
  • If the church facility isn’t kept clean.
  • If the church doesn’t have someone at the door greeting people when they come in.
  • If the church isn’t concerned with growing their attendance.

The list could go on and on, but you get the idea.

Churches that grow love God and love people. Churches in decline, probably love God, but they struggle to love people.

What do you think of this strategy? How can your church do a better job of showing love to people? Let us know by leaving a comment below, and while you here make sure to subscribe to the blog to get tips on church growth, leadership, and more delivered to your inbox each week.

Increase the Talent Around You

Who’s the best football coach in the nation? If I were taking a survey, I bet two names would be at the top of the list: Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. I personally don’t like either of them being a Titans and Vols fan, but there’s no denying that they both are great coaches.

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Nick Saban wins by recruiting great players and coaching them up, and Bill Belichick wins by making good players look great through his coaching. There’s a big difference, and that’s why, in my mind, Bill Belichick is hands down the best football coach out there today.

Don’t get me wrong Belichick has had great players. Tom Brady may be the best quarterback to ever play the game, and Rob Gronkowski is a beast at tight end. But when you look at their roster year after year, you don’t see a lot of big names. Add that with the fact that Gronkowski and Brady have both missed significant time over their careers, and yet they’ve continued to pile up the wins without them.

Belichick has this incredible ability to get more out of his players than anyone else. He has a way of taking a players talent and multiplying it.

The incredible thing is that we see other coaches who have the exact opposite effect. They can take a highly talented player and diminish their talents.

It’s the same in any type of leadership. Good leaders have the ability to get more from their team, while poor leaders diminish the talents their team already has.

So, how can you tell which type leader you are?

Who’s a multiplier? Multipliers encourage, empower, coach, challenge, trust, and inspire their teams. Working for a multiplier is exhausting but still manages to be fun. Multipliers get the most out of their team, while still caring for each one’s health.

Who’s a diminisher? Diminishers criticize, belittle, micromanage, mistrust, and punish their teams. Working for a diminisher is exhausting and frustrating. Diminishers believe that their team can’t figure anything out without their help, so they have to be the center of attention.

The big difference between the two revolves around control. The multiplier wants to give it away, while the diminisher wants to hold on to it.

You can read more about the differences by checking out Liz Wiseman’s book Multipliers.

Name someone who has been a multiplier in your life. Tell us how they shaped your life in the comments below. Also, make sure to subscribe to the blog to get tips on leadership, church growth, and more delivered to your inbox each week.