10 Principles of Growth.

Every pastor/leader/CEO wants their organization to grow.  I truly believe that.  The problem with many is that they do not admit it.  I want my church to grow!  There I said it.  Mary and I did not start Point Church so we can create a holy huddle of 12 people.  We launched this church to reach the 3 million people + who live in Long Island (We do that through developing a healthy church, launching new campuses and partnering with other churches!)  Not only do I want our church to grow, but God wants it to grow:  “‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full” (Luke 14:23).

10 Principles of Growth:

  1. Demand excellence of yourself first … before you ask it of others.  Leaders must lead the charge when it comes to excellence.  If you are not modeling excellence don’t demand it.  Work at at getting better and better.
  2. Dream long-term.  Dont get stuck in this week’s numbers.  Look at where you were 12 months ago and where you are today.  See the growth.  Then don’t just plan for next week.  Start dreaming today of next year.
  3. Speak life.  I am totally disappointed with pastors who “complain” about their church.  I know there are things wrong in every church, but if you are constantly wishing you were pastoring another church then do it.  Or begin to speak life to your church.  It starts with you.
  4. Never let a negative experience become a series of negatives.  It is very easy to get stuck in a rut.  Keep your chin up.  Look at the positive things God is doing.
  5. Live, breathe and love the vision/values of the church.  Your voice must scream your passion for your vision.  Put the time, effort and energy to see the vision come to life.
  6. Never grow tired of people.  We are in the people business.  Don’t get stuck wishing you had different people or led a different church.  Love the people God has given you the privilege of leading.
  7. Master a life of prayer.  Prayer is the key.
  8. Believe in your leadership.  God has gifted, called and placed you.  Trust in the fact that God knows what He is doing even when you do not.
  9. Focus on the possible.  Leading a church is all about faith.  It requires GREAT faith to launch or lead a church.  One of the scriptures that I cling to is Luke 1:37:  “For nothing is impossible with God.”  I truly believe that anything is possible.  Anything.  Believe it.
  10. Remember that every person on the team is vital.  If you want to grow you must value every single person God has placed on your team.  It doesn’t matter if they lead kids, clean the bathrooms, run the sound or whatever they are VITAL.  You can’t do ministry without a team.  So honor them and lead them well.

I am so thankful that God has placed me in a growing church!  I recognize that all of it is because of God.

Grow your church.  But start by growing yourself.

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