This from Don Wilson of Christ’s Church of the Valley
“The problem with facilities is convincing people that they are the church on Monday through Saturday and not just on Sunday. IOW, ministry can and must happen anywhere, not just on church property.
Most new churches build their building too soon and too small.
Two essentials: “critical mass” and “momentum.” Lead by example.
Big vision attracts people with big vision.
Every time we go through building programs, we suffer big Satanic attacks. Don’t plan too far out. No 5-year (or longer) plans. Need to work on core values. Difference between successful churches and successful corporations — successful churches tend to be personality driven and successful corporations tends to be core values driven. We need to determine our core values! Do more with less. CCV plans to cut out 1/3 of their ministries in the next year! You are your greatest leadership challenge. Your leadership style has to change at every level. Old Proverb: “An army of sheep led by a lion will always defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.” That’s a great statement about the importance of good leadership! Sacrifice was a real focus today, and Don Wilson asked, how do you get people who don’t tithe to understand the concept of sacrifice? 90% of the things we pray about in our churches are things that Jesus never prayed about. Jesus prayed about kingdom issues. CCV’s vision is to WIN, TRAIN, and SEND, and their priority is on the winning part. Instead of the old “here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors and here are the people,” it should be “here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors and release all the people.”