Leadership, Pastors

Leadership Institute 2011 Session 2

A small choir opened the session with two songs with a welcome by Adam Hamilton in between.

Practicing the Art of Leadership

Adam Hamilton

1. Strategic Planninig in the Church

Adam shared the results of the pre-institute survey- funny stuff. Apparently members of churches think pastors need more training in leadership and preaching… shocking!:)

Adam hired someone to teach him to lead strategic planning, read Harvard Business Review, etc.

Vision has the power to draw us into the future. Vision excites, moves people.

Adam has spoken to 29 annual conferences in past several years on leadership, preaching and worship, and evangelism and missions. Wants to speak at all annual conferences in 10 years.

COR members pray for pastors and churches that Adam is about to speak to.

SMART Goals- strategic, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely

One of the great vision speeches was given in 1962 by Pres. Kennedy regarding the space race., “not because they are easy but because they are hard.” Vision captures people hearts, inspires them, and they will work hard to fulfill it.

People are drawn to high expectations.

Can you describe one or two key visions that your church council has articulated and strategized to fulfill in the next year?

Sometimes Adam casts a new vision on his own. Often, Adam invites staff and laypeople to dream together. The vision is refined through a collaborative process.

The vision always fits in with the mission and overall vision of the church.

Adam gave the example and showed a video of a growing vision of giving away a bed a day to children who do not have a bed in Kansas City as well as sheets, pillows, blankets, etc. The school counselors let COR know when a child needs a bed.

Families shop for free beds and furniture at COR’s warehouse, Our Father’s House. Before they take them, volunteers gather around the kids and their families and pray for them. They let them know that they have provided a bed in Jesus’ name. Last year, they gave away 1500 beds. This year, they’re on track to give away 2200 beds to children in KC.

Ron Heifetz (Harvard): the world as it is vs. the world as it should be, or, as a church, where we are vs. where we would like to be

The world as it should be… the Kingdom of God

Annual Strategic Planning Process

“Mind the gap” and close it between what is and what should be

  • Start with prayer, “God what do you want us to do?”
  • Remember our church mission and vision
  • Assessment of our weaknesses, “Where can we improve?”- surveymonkey, convos with leaders, all feedback
  • Opportunities in the community
  • Bring faith to bear in “Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond what we can ask or imagine
  • Brainstorm visions- congregation shares dreams through email, etc.; staff meetings, Adam showed a video about COR members’ vision post-it notes, Church Council reada all members’ dreams

Church Planning Retreat- lay out possible visions, then determine/discern the most important and doable this year, prioritize, categorize (lump together what can), give every leader 3 dot stickers, then leaders place their dots next to the ones they choose.

My thoughts:

Cast vision with passion and, at times, with a smile. Fulfilling the vision will be joyful and fun and difficult and challenging. 

2. Leading Change

Adam showed a huge clunky orginal Apple computer. It predated the 1984 Mac. Adam talked about the history of Apple with and without Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs cut the 350 products down to 10 products. Jobs gave Apple a vision of what computers could do and focused.

Adam showed the Apple marketing campaign, Think Different , “Here’s to the crazy ones…”

Are you one of the crazy ones? Do you believe that empowered through the Holy Spirit, you can change things?

Apple experimented. Apple lost $1 billion on the Apple Newton. However, the Newton mistake became the iPhone, and iPad.

Apple Quicktake camera flopped, but it became iPhoto.

We believe in resurrection.

Change. Innovate. Improve or die. “I only like the changes I initiate.”

If we’re unwilling to change, we have no future.

This is why we need leaders. Leaders move people to do things that don’t want to do but need to do.

 Constantly think about what needs to change.

Last year, Adam saw decline in the 9:00 am worship service and began changing the worship style. After surveying the congregation, 80% of the people over 60 love the choir and orchestra. Under 30 said %20 felt engaged by choir and orchestra.

Best two Sunday School hours for children are Sunday morning, but the two Sunday morning services were drawing older people. If this continues, COR will have no children raised up to be disciples.

Adam cast vision to change 9:00 am children to filfill the mission of leading children to Christ.

8 Steps for Leading Change

1. Identify the critical change and make sureits backed up by facts and has a clear “so that” (result)

2. Build a guiding coalition with your key influencers. Share your vision with them personally, one on one.

3. Make the case to the stakeholders- members, staff, while RAISING URGENCY

4. Devel0p the vision and communicate it frequently and with passion.

5. Press through the opposition, listening, answering, adapting

6. Re-communicate the vision

7. Evaluate midcourse and make corrections

8. Celebrate small victories, every time you see something working well, even the smallest success.

Read john Cotter Leading Change for more.

Adam shared story of Mt. Vernon Place Church near D.C. led by Dawn Claycomb that resurrected from 9 people (average age 82) to 87 people, a 1000% increase. 97 year old Mabel supported Dawn during the change process. 

Laypeople, are you part f the guiding coalition to lead change? SPRC and Church Council should say, “We’re with you!”

Changing is a constant process.

3. Reaching Future Generations

COR is aging. Adam showed 3 membership age graphs from 2o00, 2005, and 2010. Showing people this is the job of the leader.

It’s not about favoring young vs. old. It’s about having a future.

Most churches stop paying attention to younger people.

Committee members rotating off one committee often just rotate to another committee, and so the leadership doesn’t change.

The highest role is not serving on a committee. The highest role is when you’re on the frontlines serving in a ministry.

As the pastor ages, and as members age, they think about life from their age perspective.

At COR, 1/3 of committee members under 35, 1/3 35-55, 1/3 55+

The role of a leader includes producing a new generation of leaders. Who are you mentoring? Let younger people make decisions, make mistakes, and learn from them.

Sermons that speak to younger people, ex. “When Christians Get It Wrong” series, Adam showed the video. 500 20-somethings joined the church after that sermon series.

In what part of the city do younger people live? Resurrection West and Dowtown. COR is buying a bar next to a strip club in KC.

Adam interviewed Scott Krostok (sp?), Resurrection Dowtown pastor. Scott said that a lot of the younger people in downtown just see church as irrelevant. Scott talks to people in coffee shops as friends and a growing group of people started doing it to. They get to know people and invite them when its natural.

Scott said that the younger people downtown want to change the world. Often the front door of the church is serving the city. They are excited about transforming the city and forming authentic community and have a space to get together.

Adam asked one thing we shouldn’t do to turn off young adults? Scott answered, “Don’t be impatient and don’t approach people with a motive other than to know who they are.” Become friends. If you approach people just to invite them to church, that is repulsive.

Build relationships. Whenever its natural, invite people to serve in the community, to serve in schools, womens shelter, etc. While serving in those activities, relationshops develop, and they want to come to church because its natural.

COR also started the Vibe worship service for younger adults, and its teh fastest growing service at the Leawood campus. 

4. How to Take People into Deeper Discipleship

Adam drew the discipleship pyramid.

sanctification at the top of a triangle.

10% of congregation is at teh top near sanctification

20% are growing key leaders

30% are regulars but still have a ways to go

40% are loosley connected, somewhat committed, attend worship sporadically. 

Jesus also spent a lot of time with people not yet even on teh triangle.

Pastors, teach the top 10% to feed themselves. Pastor inspire and motivate them.

Intentionality Principle: If you’re going to make disciples of Jesus, figure out what one looks like.

COR’s Journey is to know, love and serve God.

Intentionally move people up the triangle. You have to approacah them in different ways, but begin with the end in mind.

Adam interviewed Carol, director of adult discipleship. She shared COR’s discipleship process, worship -> Alpha – short courses for each of the 3 parts of the Journey- know, love, and serve God ->small Groups -> serving

COR has a 15 core traits of deeply committed Christian online assessment and on paper.

Small groups and individuals can take the assessment together.

Adam emphasized the intentionality behind this process.

5. How to recruit and retain great volunteers

Next session



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