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Insight 365: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Not Trying Too Hard to Transform

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform often are trying hard to transform and it is not working for them. These are the congregations who believe if they push or work harder they will transform. They miss the crucial issue that they need to be pulled forward by God and work smarter in order to transform.

Their dependency is on themselves and their own efforts. They believe they know the answer to congregational transformation and that it is about them rather than being about God. They want God to follow them rather than them following God. They lack essential dependency on the Holy Spirit.

Insight 364: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Acknowledging When It is Not Working

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform need to face the reality that not all congregations will successfully transform. In fact, only a minority of existing congregations ever transform in a manner that is sustainable. The majority have short-term fixes that allow them to continue to exist, but does not truly transform them.

Congregations seeking to transform need an outside third-party perspective to help them know if what they are doing is sufficiently effective that it will truly bring about transformation and help them reach the status of FaithSoaring. Some congregations will never transform with the direct, dramatic, divine intervention of the Triune God.

Insight 363: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Acknowledging Numerical Growth is Not the Goal

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform typically want to grow. This is a reasonable thought. However, to truly transform it may be necessary to acknowledge that growth is not the goal. Being transformed, being FaithSoaring in response to God’s vision for the congregation is the goal. Numerical growth may be a happy consequence of a sincere transformation effort.

When congregations are faithful to the gospel, actualize effective strategies, and are innovative in their methodology then if their community context or affinity group of people they are targeting is a size that can allow for growth, they often experience numerical growth as a result.

Insight 362: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Providing Coaching for Staff

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform want their senior or solo pastor, and any other staff, to have an objective perspective about their transformation journey. It can, indeed, be a difficult journey where a subjective perspective only can cause the pastor and staff to lose their way along the journey.

Obtaining this objective perspective can be accomplished through providing a coach for the pastor and/or staff team. Involving the team in a peer learning community, allowing them to regularly visit other congregations who have successfully transformed, and other ways they can obtain an objective perspective and new ideas for innovation.

Insight 361: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Addressing Security Issues

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform realize the world is in an era where unusual things need to be done to address security issues. It is not that the typical congregation is in any real danger of violence occurring at their church. It is that societal fear creates an expectation of church facilities being safe places.

Does this mean that every congregation needs an armed guard? No, that is situational. It is that every congregation seeking to reach households with children under 18 years old needs to show how they are reasonably addressing security issues in a way that help people feel safe.