The boys are both in Florida enjoying some vacation time, JimBo rocking it at Universal, Bob is at Sea Side, but that’s not stopping great content coming your way! In today’s EP we’ll be talking about how to structure your time in a way that will help you execute your vision, plan, mission and values. Give it a listen, check out the resources and use this summer to bring some structure into your week.
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Well, welcome back Bootcampers to the newly minted and freshly labeled, “Leading National Podcast” the Replant Bootcamp. We’re fresh off of the SBC annual meeting and happy to jump right into some great content related to Organizational and Spiritual health of the church.
Here are some of the highlights of this discussion, we’d also love to hear from you. Be sure to drop us a line, email or voice mail your comments.
Church health and Organizational Health
Why are numbers not a good metric to determine church health?
Church health and organizational health are two different things but they do influence each other.
Organizational health does influence and is influenced by church health (and vice versa) but they are not the same thing.
Church health markers
Love, unity, and maturity
Love, unity, and maturity are rightly pursued and promoted from the platform and the table ministries (mentioned last episode).
Love, unity, and maturity result in the Body of Christ loving each other well in biblical community and loving their communities well through gospel mission.
Organizational health markers
Decentralized leadership (Team)
De-personified alignment (Mission, vision, values, strategy throughout the org. not just lead pastor)
Dependable resources (finances, facilities, personnel, systems, and processes)
Don’t confuse having a healthy organization with having a healthy church. The org is only scaffolding for the body, like a trellis is for the vine.
The Bootcamp is coming at you from the Big “D” Dallas TX. Jimbo and Bob were on the road along with big boss man Mark Clifton, leading a conference for the Korean Council of Southern Baptist Churches. Our thanks to Dr. James Kang, our translators and the many great Pastors, Staff and leaders we met while there.
Today we get down to the important business of analyzing where your church might be in terms of its spiritual health. Bob opens the discussion-here are some of the highlights.
We often ask one another; “How is your church?” We may not want to answer or have categories to answer. Here are four important areas to examine the health in your church.
Spiritual health: prayer, members are Christlike, demonstrate fruit of the spirit, obeying the commands of God, personal devotion to God by regularly participating in worship, prayer and bible study
Financial health: members supporting the ministry bygiving regularly and sacrificially of their resources to the work of God in the local church and beyond, the church is able to compensate its pastors and staff
Missional health: members of the church regularly engage non-Christians and unchurched people in the community, and communicate the gospel clearly. The Church as a body knows, loves and serves its local community.
Relational health: the members of the church are unified in the gospel, they are not filled with divisions over their differences, they love and care for each other, they meet each other’s needs as need arises. They give, serve and love one another-the testimony to those outside the church creates interest and brings praise to God.
Some important things to note:
Numbers are something-they aren’t everything.
Most Churches, read that-most churches right now have experienced decline – you are not alone.
You can’t define health from numbers alone.
Here are some questions to analyze the health of your church:
Is our love for Jesus the primary motivation for the actions or work of our church?
Where is our love for Jesus leading us to risk and step out in faith to follow him making the gospel known in our community?
What preferences and barriers are hindering our love for Jesus and our ability to follow him faithfully?
What is something that Jesus asking me (and our church) to die to, in order to follow more faithfully?
Bonus Material-The Stolen Slides from Keelan Cook
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EP 129 - HEALTHY CHURCH PARTNERSHIPS - with special guest Dr. Casey Williams
Joining the Bootcamp bros on this EP is Jimbo’s longtime friend, Casey Williams. He is the lead pastor of North Trenholm Baptist Church in Columbia SC. Listen in as they talk about how church partnerships develop as an outgrowth of church health.
Healthy Church Partnerships
Begin when a church becomes healthy itself
Flow from a sincere desire to help other churches become vital
Are possible when deep relationships form between pastors and sister churches
Require a “the kingdom first” mentality
When a city is filled with more healthy churches, there are more opportunities for neighboring, serving, proclaiming the gospel than if a single church simply grows larger.
Listen in as Casey describes the vision God has given their church to help develop healthy, gospel centered, mission focused and autonomous churches to reach their neighborhoods.
Recommended Resource: Partnership Profile Tool via the Resound Network of the Missouri Baptist Convention – thanks to Brandon Moore Director of Resound. Check it out as a helpful guide for your church as it considers partnership.