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How to Raise the Speed Limit at Your Church

Everyone is going to spend eternity somewhere. And there is a moment coming when you and I will no longer have the opportunity to affect change on the world. Jesus will come back and set everything that is wrong …  right.

Until then, we’ve been given a window of opportunity to join Jesus in a sacred mission of reconciling the people of the planet to the purposes of God.

That’s why it’s rare that I ever meet a church leader that wants to slow down. Most have a white hot passion to see people far from Jesus come near to him.

While as church leaders we can’t control the movement of the Holy Spirit, there are things we can do organizationally to set the sail.

1. The speed limit goes up as clarity goes up.

The clearer you can be with the vision that God has given you, the easier it is for people on your team to make decisions to organize behaviors, strategies and ministries to get you there. In fact, the decision rate of people is directly related to vision clarity and defining the playing field for your team.

2. The speed limit goes up as trust goes up.

As trust on the team goes deeper, the speed limit goes higher. The more trust that exists on a team, the faster that team has the ability to go. Trust is the fuel that leadership runs on. Everyone wants to be a part of a winning team, and when the team believes in where it’s going, that pace goes up.

3. The speed limit goes up as development goes up.

The more people you develop to grow into assuming responsibility and leadership roles, the faster your church can move. When you delegate, empower and provide young leaders with the opportunity to exercise their leadership gift, the pace increases because you are no longer leading alone. Your ministry impact is directly related to the amount of leaders you develop.  

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Paul Alexander, a ministry consultant at the Unstuck Group and has more than 20 years of experience serving in the local church. He has served on the Sr. Leadership Teams of some of the nation’s leading mega-churches. Currently, Paul is serving as the Executive Pastor at Sun Valley Community Church, a large multi-site church located in the Phoenix area.