Are you sick and tired of Pastoring a struggling church?
Many Pastors like you have gone to seminary school, dedicated their lives to the ministry and struggle to grow believers and transform their communities. But why?
Why does one church attract people, while other churches repel people?
What if I told you there is an easy answer? What if I told you a small adjustment to your attitude could be the difference?
I know you may be thinking – my attitude? What I need is:
- more money
- more volunteers
- more building space
- more outreach
- more small groups
- more prayer meetings
- more bible study
Your right – you need these things to grow. But most churches I’ve observed pray, have bible study but what they lack is a pursuit of excellence.
Sloppy services dishonor God. Sloppy leadership, sloppy sermons, lack of preparation, lack of care for the building all dishonor God. If you want God’s favor, then honor God by pursuing excellence.
Excellence is an Attitude
According to Ralph Marston, “Excellence is not a skill, it is an attitude.”
Proverbs 23:7 says as a Man thinks so he is.
So if your attitude, the way you think, is not focused on excellence, you will forfeit the favor of God.
What is Excellence?
Excellence is the pursuit of being very good, or being first class.
Pursue is a verb; you need to actively pursue. Excellence is an attitude (way of thinking), that is pursued in our decision making process. Either we want to be excellent or we don’t – there is no in-between.
Most of us become comfortable. Things are working fine, people are coming to the church, lives are being transformed – why should you change what is working? And there lies the problem.
The ministry ends up being mediocre because we don’t pursue excellence. We become comfortable with the way things are done. What bothered you initially, doesn’t affect you that much anymore. It is the little things that make a difference, for example the carpet stain – it speaks louder than the sermon.
Size does not Matter
The size of your church is not an excuse – you can be small and excellent.
General Colin Powell put it best when he said,“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”
One day your small church will become a big church, don’t wait till your growing to develop the habit of excellence. Develop that habit know in the smallest of areas. Practice excellence now, because practice makes perfect.
The #1 Thing You can To Become an Excellence Church
Every church that pursues excellence has a specific practice. They host review meetings. In these meetings they may discuss a weekend service, they may discuss the sermon, or even the planning process. The goal of a review meeting is gradual improvement.
7 Time NBA champion Pat Riley said “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”
So strive to do better. Let a select group of people critique you, listen to those critiques and then make improvements.
3 Practical Suggestions For Pursuing Excellence
So where do you begin? Here are 3 practical, easy to implement areas where you can pursue excellence.
Suggestion #1: Maintain and Upkeep Your Building
Consider the following:
- Painting the building once a year. If you rent, offer to paint the building.
- Raise up a team to clean bathrooms after every service.
- Twice a year shampoo the rugs, wax the floors.
- Chairs made of felt of other material need to be inspected regularly for bugs.
- Have a bed bug inspector inspect your facility.
Dedicate a week 2 to 3 times a year to closing down your services so that you can upkeep and management.
Every decision or indecision you make in regards to pursuing excellence communicates a message.
What message does a clean, well maintained building send? What message does a dilapidated building communicate?
Suggestion #2: Create Standards for Performance Based Ministries
Exodus 31:6 says: “I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I’ve commanded of you.”
What does this mean?
In practical terms it means that if you don’t have the skilled people, go without. In other words, it’s better to do without a singer than one who sings out of tune.
There are certain basic standards to uphold.
Don’t tolerate someone who delivers below standard, like an
- an unprepared preacher or
- a pianist who is out of key or
- an uncomfortable seats or
- lousy coffee.
Create a standard for your church.
It’s not okay that the musician doesn’t come to rehearsal.
It’s not okay that the soloist doesn’t now the lyrics.
Hold people accountable to the Standards. If your worship is lousy, don’t blame the worship team.
You get what you allow.
Suggestion #3: Manage Your Brand
You can tell who has looked in the mirror before leaving their homes. Those who have not are dressed sloppily, hair is a mess and all they had to do was look in the mirror.
Many churches manage their brand like they don’t look in the mirror.
What is a brand? Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not around. It is what they associate with you.
It’s a sloppy looking flyer, or an excellent flyer. Remember before someone walks into your building and hears you preach they have made a judgement about you based on your marketing materials, your flyers, your website, your brand.
Many churches don’t have the money to hire a good designer. That’s fine, there is a resource called Canva that is free. I use it all of the time, matter of fact the image on the top of this blog was created in Canva. Go to Canva.com and select a free template. Yes, I said free. And if you need an image – Canvas sells them at $1.00 an image.
With this tool you can create flyers, twitter pages, Facebook pages, headers for your emails, posters and all of them are high quality.
One more tip – spell check everything.
How They See Jesus
The perception people have of the church is the foundation for how they perceive Jesus.
When they see sloppy churches, they see a sloppy Christ.
Where ever they see excellent churches, they see an excellent Christ. If we want to attract more people than we need to pursue excellence.
Remember, the way we manage the facilities, the performance based ministries and the brand management reflect how people will perceive our Father in Heaven.
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