When we ask churches that are experiencing momentum, “Why?” they will often respond, “God is just blessing.” Now that is a good answer, but that is not a helpful answer. The follow-up question needs to be, “what is God blessing?”
Momentum: Forward motion fueled by a series of wins.
What if there is a formula and commonality for momentum that God created.
3 COMPONENTS OF SUSTAINED MOMENTUM: NEW, IMPROVED & IMPROVING
- New triggers momentum
- Anything new by definition, generates some kind of momentum
- The momentum can be positive or negative.
- Organizational momentum is often triggered by one of three things:
- new leadership
- new direction
- new product
- Momentum is never triggered by tweaking something old. It is triggered by introducing something new!
- The new must be a noticeable improvement over the old.
- Ask, “is this a significant improvement over what we had before?”
- If you are in a situation where there is not enough money to do something new and improved, you are doing too many things.
- Momentum is sustained through continuous improvement.
- Continuous improvement requires systematic evaluation.
- Continuous improvement requires unfiltered evaluation.
- Evaluation must be rigorous and on-going and done by the people who helped create it.
APPLYING NEW & IMPROVED & IMPROVING
- NEW: personnel, programming, season, series, look, venues.
- Look for ways to upgrade your presentation
- Visit other organizations
- Attend other churches
- Disengaged leaders
- Overactive management
- A breach of trust