Andy Stanley led the opening session from Catalyst One Day Chicago. He shared a few introductory thoughts to his talk:
- Businesses immediately respond when momentum decreases, but for some reason the church will ignore momentum declines for years as long as the bills are being paid.
- Momentum is always disruptive, so it scares some churches.
- Momentum is all about moving forward, which is why leaders like momentum.
- If you lack momentum and you don’t understand these principles, you are one dumb decision away from losing it all.
Three components of sustained momentum:
New – Anything new, negative or positive, triggers momentum…
Organizational momentum is often triggered by one of these three things:
- New leadership
- New direction
- New product
New doesn’t guarantee sustained momentum, but new is an essential trigger for momentum.
Improved – The new must be a noticeable improvement over the old.
Improving – Momentum is sustained through continuous improvement. This improvement must be continually evaluated.
Andy walked us through the local supermarket to see how businesses do this everyday. Andy explains these principles, including how he applies these principles directly to the church. It was a very helpful talk.
What is your church or organization doing to offer new, improved and improving sustained momentum?