Essentials part 13: Getting Quality Feedback

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This is the last installment in my series on Essentials for ministry growth. I appreciate the many comments I’ve received from my readership of 300-400 (mostly on email). ****************** This week: Growing ministries use regular Feedback mechanisms. They find out what their people are thinking, what they want and don’t want. Then (and this is huge), they have the wisdom not to do …

Essentials Part 12: Crispy Meetings

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Earlier today at Macalester College (where I work) I attended a crispy meeting. It was a student leadership team, run by a student. We began with a short Bible study and prayer time. We buzzed through about six agenda items that were laid out neatly on a single sheet of paper. Discussion was healthy, decisions were recorded, responsibility for follow …

Essentials Part 11: Systems

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This week’s Essential: Systems. See my prior ten posts for other ministry growth Essentials. Genesis 1 and 2 are full of order and symmetry. Everything is in its proper place. There are systems for creating, naming, marrying, populating and ruling. No doubt God sees ahead to a massive falling out (Genesis 3), the selection of a people for Himself, a royal …

Essentials Part 10: Proper Slotting

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Ministry Growth Essentials thus far: Healthy at the core. High quality, low complexity. Prayed up. Outreach (evangelism) is indispensable. Leadership is a privilege. Positive Traditions 7. This week’s Essential:  Proper Slotting Recently I spent some time with a highly talented ministry person. Unfortunately her position was not a good “fit” for her.  We agreed that she could gut it out …

Essentials Part 9: Positive Traditions

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Every time I sit down to write about Essentials for ministry growth, which I’ve done the past eight weeks, a shiver of fear goes right through me. Fear? Yeah. Fear that I’m wasting your time. Fear that my blogs aren’t worth reading. Fear that these “Essentials for growth” are so obvious and so lacking in profundity that I should take …

Essentials Part 8: A Leadership Parable

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For seven weeks now I’ve been talking about Essentials for ministry growth. In this post I have a radical suggestion to make. It’s taken from a short module on growth that I’ve been doing for campus and church ministries. Let’s say a cool guy, Joe, approaches me about joining a men’s Bible study. I ask Joe who else is in the group …

Essentials Part 7: Leadership is a Privilege

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Regarding the ministry “growth Essentials” I’ve been blogging about, I wish I could say the concepts are new and profound, but that’s not the case. They’re really quite simple, in theory: 1. Healthy at the core.2. High quality, low complexity (two posts).3. Prayed up.4. Outreach is indispensable (two posts). Essential #5: Leadership is a Privilege. This idea is tied into …

Essentials Part 6: An Evangelism Taxonomy

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The past few weeks I’ve been writing about Essentials for ministry growth, based on observations from my travels around the country. This week is the second part of the outreach Essential: An Evangelism Taxonomy. It seems to me that growing, fruitful ministries often take evangelism beyond a single level. Here is a three-level taxonomy that I see often, though the ministries that use …

Essentials Part 5: Outreach is Indispensable

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Essentials for ministry growth that we’ve talked about so far: Healthy at the Core Reduce Complexity to the Point of Quality (two posts) Prayed Up These are observations from my travels. This week’s essential: Outreach is Indispensable. Occasionally I hear: Our job right now is to work on discipleship. We need to build up the saints to get them ready …

Essentials Part 4: Prayed Up

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This is a series about Essentials for ministry growth (in quantity and quality). Essential #1: Healthy at the CoreEssential #2: Reduce complexity to the point of qualityEssential #3: Prayed UpI fly into town for a week-long mission at Campus X. It’s pretty clear when the host ministry is all prayed up: Ordinary secular reality is broken apart.  Holes have been …