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Great Leadership Development practices also include a bit of math.

In this episode of The Stir, a new podcast on Church Innovation and Implementation, Brent Dolfo talks about how churches use these numbers to conceptualize and construct their Leadership Development Systems.

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D.J. Soto, founder and pastor of Virtual Reality Church, shares with us his story on how the first VR Church came to life. Nils Smith and Nick Runyon also discuss some of the most controversial questions about the future of church in a virtual reality world.

Share your thoughts using the hashtag #SMCPodcast.

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Leadership Network’s two most recent research reports, both sponsored by Portable Church Industries, are below. Just click the title, and you’ll be taken to a page with more description and with opportunity for free, immediate download:

8 Launch Wins: A Study of 1,500-Plus New Churches and Multisite Campuses
(This link also includes the free infographic “5 Compelling, New Reasons To Start A Church Or Campus”)

8 Launch Wins: A Study of 1,500-Plus New Churches and Multisite Campuses
(This link also includes the free infographic “5 Compelling, New Reasons To Start A Church Or Campus”

Latest Multisite Trends: How a New Generation of Pastors Is Shifting to Strategies that Reproduce and Multiply (This is the latest report to be released. Click the link above to be taken to the download page.)

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Leadership Network Blog by Todd Rhoades - 1w ago
Leadership Network’s two most recent research reports, both sponsored by Portable Church Industries, are below. Just click the title, and you’ll be taken to a page with more description and with opportunity for free, immediate download:

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Just last week we released our latest multisite research report titled: “Latest Multisite Trends: How a New Generation of Pastors Is Shifting to Strategies that Reproduce and Multiply.” If you haven’t yet, you can download the free illustrated report at leadnet.org/portable.

In order to give additional background for the report, as well as answer questions about the findings, Dr. Warren Bird, Research Director of Leadership Network, will conduct a 45 minute online briefing covering the new report release. Dr. Bird will be joined by Jeff Beachum, Church Multiplication Specialist for Portable Church, the sponsor for this report.

While some church commentators seem to be obsessed with a narrative of decline among churches, this report highlights the renewal coming among younger generations of leaders.

Among the findings:

  • 83% of the pastors under age 40 have a vision to plant or launch a new campus or church.
  • Church Planters/Starters and Campus Pastors in their first five years at a church are 2.3 times more likely to have a vision to plant a church as compared to those in the same church for more than 10 years.
  • Multisite churches rate themselves 82% likely to launch another church/campus than those that have never done so.
  • Half of new congregations are in portable environments such as schools, theaters or other borrowed spaces.
  • Those in portable environments grow 12% faster on an annual basis.
  • A multisite campus is 2.5 times more likely to have trained future campus pastor or church planter.

These findings, and others embedded in the report, illustrate the various ways churches are envisioning, planning and multiplying leaders and congregations throughout North America. Other parts of the report focus on the dramatic increases in church starting and the explosion of multisite churches.

To register for the free online briefing, click or tap on the button below:

The New Multiplication Movement Online Briefing March 8, 2018, 2 PM Eastern

The report is the second in a series based on research conducted by Dr. Warren Bird with 1,621 churches and multisite churches in 2017. “This new report shows how younger churches and their leaders are remapping the views of future church leaders. It speaks of the great hope we have at Leadership Network for the church of the future” says Dave Travis, CEO of Leadership Network. Mr. Travis is the co-author of the report with Dr. Bird, longtime research director of Leadership Network.

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“Coming in we thought we were doing good at leadership development, but now we see a path to becoming a lot better.”

In their newly released research on multisite trends, Dave Travis and Warren Bird reveal some of the ‘why’ behind “the dramatic growth of church planting and of multisite,” particularly among the emerging generation of leaders. According to the report, leaders are converging on a new mindset: one that values not just reproduction, but multiplication. It is a vision that involves planting churches and launching campuses that, in turn, multiply through new church starts and campus launches.

This multiplication focus has led senior and executive pastors to an increased emphasis on the development of high-end talent from within their own large churches.  Churches that are having the most success in this endeavor are strategically appointing Pastors/Directors of Leadership Development. These leaders carry the primary responsibility of ensuring enough leaders are raised up so the multiplication of church plants and multisite locations can continue to flourish.

Another critical success factor for churches that look to accelerate their leadership development efforts: they choose not to go it alone.

That’s where Leadership Network’s cohorts have had such a tremendous impact. Over the past several years we have served hundreds of leaders who wanted to upgrade their leadership development models to increase the quality and quantity of high-capacity leaders developed from within. The ability to accelerate learning and speed up the implementation of new models for leadership development has had a profound impact on the health and growth of these churches.

Steve Hutmacher, an executive pastor at Cedar Creek Church described the benefits they saw this way:

“We really appreciated the collaboration with other churches and pastors learning from them. Coming in we thought we were doing good at leadership development, but now we see a path to becoming a lot better. With our renewed emphasis on developing our campus pastors, we’re seeing them focus more on the development of their leaders and teams.”

Cedar Creek, like so many large and growing churches, recognized the pressing need to continually develop enough leaders who can effectively oversee ministry teams and future campuses. But rather than try and figure it out on their own, they chose to engage in a process and experience that exposed them to effective models, engaged them in dialogue with other leaders, and encouraged their progress through coaching and accountability.

But it all starts with a clear understanding of your church’s needs.

A simple question to ask yourself to assess leadership development in your church would be: “If your church was to grow by 50% in the next year, would you have enough quality leaders to handle the influx of new members, ministry opportunities, and locations?”

For most large churches, the answer is “no.”

In May of this year, Leadership Network will launch its next experience for large churches that recognize the need for “upping their game” in leadership development.  Its called the Leadership Development Accelerator, a 12-month experience that goes beyond anything we’ve offered before.  The Leadership Development Accelerator will guide your team in:

  • Building a stronger bench of high potential leaders able to tackle the next wave of ministry opportunities ahead of you.
  • Engaging with several of the best church models of leadership development in the U.S.
  • Learning from some of the most dynamic, multi-national businesses about how they’re developing high potential leaders.
  • Clarifying your church’s unique core leadership competency profile, providing a baseline to compare to potential leaders
  • Retooling your processes for taking the raw material of high potential young staff and making them “better, faster.”
  • Using data to compare the profile of your existing senior leaders to those already sitting in your pews to determine who potentially might have the “right stuff” to be a future key leader.

If you are looking to leap ahead in your ability to develop high-capacity executive and campus level leaders, the Leadership Development Accelerator will provide you with the insights, relationships, and tools your growing church needs. Space in our upcoming group is limited. Set up a discovery call today by completing the form below.

 

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Our fearless research director, Dr. Warren Bird, has done it again. By mining the great insights of the polling we did in 2017 he has uncovered more great facts that clearly show how the multiplication mindset permeates today’s thinking.

The next generation of church pastors is aiming to grow via outreach by multiplying sites and congregations.

While some church commentators seem to be obsessed with a narrative of decline among churches, this report highlights the renewal coming among younger generations of leaders.

Among the findings:

  • 83% of the pastors under age 40 have a vision to plant or launch a new campus or church.
  • Church Planters/Starters and Campus Pastors in their first five years at a church are 2.3 times more likely to have a vision to plant a church as compared to those in the same church for more than 10 years.
  • Multisite churches rate themselves 82% more likely to launch another church/campus than those that have never done so.
  • Half of new congregations are in portable environments such as schools, theaters or other borrowed spaces.
  • Those in portable environments grow 12% faster on an annual basis.
  • A multisite campus is 2.5 times more likely to have trained future campus pastor or church planter.

These findings, and others embedded in the report, illustrate the various ways churches are envisioning, planning and multiplying leaders and congregations throughout North America. Other parts of the report focus on the dramatic increases in church starting and the explosion of multisite churches. The full report can be downloaded for FREE at leadnet.org/portable. This report is full color with lots of convenient illustrations.

The report is the second in a series based on research conducted by Dr. Warren Bird with 1,621 churches and multisite churches in 2017. “This new report shows how younger churches and their leaders are remapping the views of future church leaders. It speaks of the great hope we have at Leadership Network for the church of the future,” says Dave Travis, CEO of Leadership Network. Mr. Travis is the co-author of the report with Dr. Bird, longtime research director of Leadership Network.

Leadership Network’s research is based on growing, vital churches, not focused on average churches doing average things. As such its sample is admittedly skewed and is not representative of all churches in America and Canada.

Our clientele is not focused on being average however. Our church leader clients want to attempt great things for God’s kingdom.

This report is already being quoted widely by other commentators in pre-release versions. Download it to read and get your own sense of the report. Readers will also note the good attitudes and interest of older church leaders in these areas. They are not quite as aggressive as the younger leaders, but are still attempting great things in church planting and multiplying sites.

The survey and writing were conducted independently but the report’s distribution is sponsored by Portable Church, Inc. The company gave no direction in the findings but represents one of the many specialty companies and organizations that have grown over the last two decades and are helping make it easier for churches to start new congregations and multiply into new sites. For more information see portablechurch.com.

We are grateful to our friends at Portable Church for their support of this project.

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Vine gained so much popularity during its first release in 2013. The sensational app garnered over 200 million active users, yet, it was discontinued by 2016. In December 2017, Dom Hofmann, co-founder of the original app, has announced its comeback with him working on Vine’s successor.  

In this episode, Nils and Nick talk about the possible opportunities the upcoming app can bring and how churches can prepare for its launch.

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“It isn’t about the leader. It never was about the leader. It will never be about the leader. It will always and only be about Jesus and his people.” – Michael Fletcher

With only a few weeks notice, Pastor and leadership consultant, Michael Fletcher was about to find himself without a large number of key staff due to several military families in his church being transferred. Uncertain of how to rebuild, he stumbled onto the solution in the way God usually works, in seemingly unspectacular fashion. Years later, not only does Michael’s church have a robust leadership pipeline that mitigates the turnover of military families, but they are also leveraging their short time with these families to prepare them for leadership wherever God takes them next.

How did he do it?

Empowering Leadership, from Leadership Network NEXT/Harper Collins Christian Publishing Book Series, details Michael’s greatest insights on how to build better leaders faster by creating a leadership development culture in your church or organization—naturally, organically, continually.

The following is an excerpt from Empowering Leadership: How a Leadership Development Culture Builds Better Leaders Faster.

The short statement “All you need to reach your city is already in the house” rocked my world! Like many pastors, I had regular thoughts, prayers, whining sessions about not having what I needed: more leaders, more money, more people, and more of the right people.

But I was seeing it all wrong, because I was seeing people all wrong. God didn’t send people to build the church. He sent the church to build people. That’s the job, the real job: building people.

Jesus didn’t come to earth, clothe Himself in humanity, walk among us for thirty-three years, die on the cross, and ascend to heaven just to start a new organization or a new religion. He came for people—people ravaged by sin and deceived by darkness, people who were far away from God, people who didn’t think the way He thought, whose mind-sets were all wrong, people whose lifestyles were built on bankrupt philosophies. He came to redeem them, by trading places with them—the righteous for the unrighteous, the godly for the ungodly—thus restoring them to God.

It is amazing, crazy, scandalous! A perfect God trading a perfect Son for a people who hate Him, a people continually sinning against Him, a people not even seeking Him! It was an unfair trade: people who deserve punishment receiving a place in heaven (through no effort or merit of their own) and the one who deserves it giving it all away. There must be some mistake!

But then a God who is perfect never makes mistakes. He knew exactly what He was doing, and in doing it, He established the worth of people and, if you have come into relationship with Him through faith, your worth too. Let that sink in a moment. He traded Jesus for you, but not just you: for all those other people who come to know Him by faith as well.

The first trick is believing that ourselves. The second and sometimes more difficult trick is believing that about others! And that’s where I was stuck. I could get my head around the idea that God loved me, justified me by faith, redeemed me for Himself, and had a special plan for my life. Further, I was clear on His plan for me. I was called to build the church. Even if I did see people the way God saw people, I faced a perplexing dilemma. How could I build a great church with imperfect people?

As we read the New Testament, we find that God has called leaders—pastors, elders, deacons, parents, teachers, small group leaders, friends—to aid in the cooperative process of building people. The New Testament calls this discipleship. It is the impact of one life upon another, and it is a cooperative venture between believers. Leadership, followership, teaching, correction, accountability, friendship, sharing, participation, reconciliation, honoring, obedience—the
list goes on. These are all cooperative acts and part of the sanctification, people-building
process. Simply put, this is the work of the church: to build people (make disciples) and train
them individually and as a group (the local church) to extend His kingdom everywhere we find ourselves and even in places where we are not welcome.

This is so liberating. If we discover His vision for the particular church we lead and concentrate on helping people become like Him—think like Him, pray like Him, forgive like Him, obey like Him, serve like Him, love people like Him, give of ourselves like Him, yearn to advance the kingdom like Him—He will build the church.

The job is building people. 

Order your copy today and start empowering leaders in your church.

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Churches are missing so many data points and opportunities to use this data to better impact their local communities. This data can be the key to revealing unseen issues, giving a more realistic picture of the needs in your church community.

In this episode of the podcast, Nick Runyon interviews Matt Engle from Gloo sharing the benefits of a systematized process around data in both organizational and church settings.

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