4 Indicators That Your Church Is Making Progress
“Progress is everywhere.” - Sports Illustrated’s Peter King after visiting the San Francisco 49ers training camp
Is your church making progress?Â Other than attendance and giving numbers, are there other indicators thatÂ progress is being made?Â More importantly, would the people sitting in your congregation each week feel that yourÂ church is making progress?Â How would they know?
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King is my favorite sports writer.Â Recently, KingÂ visited theÂ San Francisco 49ers training camp.Â He walked away extremelyÂ impressed and feels the team is positioned for a great year.Â Â You can read hisÂ glowing reportÂ by clicking here.
As I read his article, I was fascinated byÂ four signs of progressÂ thatÂ excited KingÂ about theÂ 49ers.Â Â IÂ immediately thought about my own local church.Â DoÂ I see these very same signs when I attend each week (I do by the way)?Â Do you see these signs at your church?
- GreatÂ Leadership AtÂ The Highest PositionsÂ -Â Churches that are making progressÂ have gifted and extremely talentedÂ individuals in all senior leadership positions?Â 49ersÂ CEO Jed York recently hiredÂ Facebook’s GideonÂ Yu as the team’s new president.Â Â This is on top of his acquisitions of general manager Trent Baalke, who trained under BillÂ Parcells, and, of course, head coach Jim Harbaugh.
- Facilities MatterÂ - Churches that are making progress understand that excellentÂ facilities matter.Â A leaking roof is a sign to chuch membersÂ that something else is leaking.Â Old carpet and paint is a sign that the ministry is also out of date.Â The 49ers have started construction on their new state-of-the-art stadium.Â TheyÂ are also constructing a multi-million dollar weight training facility. All theÂ turf has been replaced withÂ sod and a teamÂ Hall of Fame facility is planned.
- Top Talent Is Retained – Churches that are making progress retain their top talent.Â A loss of talent causes concern, insecurity, and a loss of momentum.Â Â All 11 members ofÂ the team’s top-ranked defense remain intact.Â This rarelyÂ happensÂ because of NFL free agency.
- Upgraded Talent In Under-PerformingÂ AreasÂ -Â The answer to every problem is a person.Â Not only doÂ churches that make progressÂ retain top talent, butÂ they also constantly upgradeÂ under-performing areas.Â While the 49ersÂ had the NFL’s best defense, their offense was pedestrian at best.Â During the off-season, the team added talent and speed at key positionsÂ in Randy Moss, Brandon Jacobs, andÂ LaMichael James.
Great Leadership In The Highest Positions.Â Facilities.Â Top Talent Is Retained.Â Upgraded Talent In Under-Performing Areas.Â How is your church doing in these four areas?Â Are you making progress?
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