Growing a Ministry 5: Getting Wins (part 2)

Rick Mattson Leadership 0 Comments

  In my previous post I promised to talk about the Hand-Picked-Model. Honestly, it’s not for everyone. Not only does HPM not “take all comers,” it doesn’t even appeal as a method to many leaders. They prefer the Inclusive-Faithful-Model, where everyone is invited to all events and the job of leaders is simply to be faithful to whomever shows up. The example …

Growing a Ministry 4: Getting Wins

Rick Mattson Leadership 0 Comments

My friend Vince Miller once commented to me that the ministry he was working on needed some “wins.” I didn’t quite get it at first. What’s a win? Through our discussions I learned that a ministry win is an event or program or curriculum that draws people in and leads to an increase in their commitment to the work. For example, …

Growing a Ministry 3: Create a Magnet

Rick Mattson Leadership 0 Comments

What I mean by “create a magnet” is to make your group attractive. Give it some pull. At Macalester College in St. Paul, MN where I work, a student named Rut and myself started a discussion on Roger Olson’s The Story of Christian Theology. A wonderful book that surveys the development of theology throughout the centuries, from the early church through the Reformation …

Growing a Ministry 2: Evangelism (cont.)

Rick Mattson Evangelism, Leadership 0 Comments

Last week I mentioned a fictional ministry context — a hundred people at my church (or yours) in their 20s and 30s — that we are trying to move forward in evangelism. After convincing Pastor to preach a three-part series on evangelism, we invite everyone to a big training weekend, and 90 folks show up. They watch a video series by a …

Growing a Ministry 1: Evangelism

Rick Mattson Evangelism, Leadership 6 Comments

Let’s say I wish to bring positive change in evangelism to my ministry context. The context in this (fictional) case is comprised of folks in their 20s and 30s at my church, of which there are about a hundred active.   My first impulse is to ask Pastor to preach a series on the topic of evangelism. This will help get the hundred motivated …

Organizational Health, Part 2

Rick Mattson Leadership 0 Comments

Last week I wrote of a veteran employee who tends to go against the grain in his ministry organization. He has set up his own little fiefdom where he enjoys successful ministry along with several devotees. Additionally, it’s not hard to imagine this person as somewhat intimidating to other employees and even management. So, from the perspective of organizational leadership, …

Organizational Health part 1

Rick Mattson Leadership 0 Comments

I have a mental image of an older ministry specialist who’s been around the block many times. Could be a pastor, professor or other ministry professional like myself. Let’s say the person is male. He has a certain way of doing things that the organization has left behind or never embraced in the first place. To protect his interests, the …

Character 10: Strength or Weakness?

Rick Mattson Devotion, Leadership 0 Comments

For evangelicals, the 1970s and 80s were characterized by strong male pastors and elders who knew the word of God and preached the gospel unambiguously. These men were part of the “Builder” or “Silent” generation and the early boomers. Then something changed. The arrival of the later Boomers, Gen-Xers and postmodern culture in the 90s caused the guys at the …

Essentials part 13: Getting Quality Feedback

Rick Mattson Leadership, Uncategorized 5 Comments

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

Rick Mattson Leadership, Uncategorized 0 Comments

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 …