Andy Stanley - Catalyst One Day
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

1. NEW

  • 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!

2. IMPROVED

  • 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.

3. IMPROVING

  • 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

MOMENTUM STOPPERS

  • Disengaged leaders
  • Overactive management
  • Complacency
  • Complexity
  • A breach of trust

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