“Growth Drivers” by Chris Hodges #GrowLeader22

In Birmingham, Alabama, The Church of the Highlands hosted their 13th GrowLeader Conference.

What is most important right now?

What one thing if it got better would make the biggest difference?

Like in marriage, it is important to checking up on how you are doing. We don’t want things to slip to the point where we are in crisis.

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14

Growth Drivers:

  • Growth Drivers create clarity.
    Growth Drivers change depending on the season.
  • Growth Drivers allow you to narrow the focus.
  • Growth Drivers produce momentum.
    Momentum is a leader’s best friend.
    Where can event take place to improve our momentum?

The following are the 7 Growth Drivers for Church of the Highlands:

1. Be intentional about getting people back in person.

People need more than a sermon. People need a hug. People are underhugged.

Rather than “social distancing,” to protect from Covid it should have been called “physical distancing.”

Every staff member were trained to be Chief Come Back to Church Officers.

2. Utilize a membership engagement system.

It is cheaper to keep a customer than to get a new one.

Personalized advertising works better than general info to everyone. This taylor made engagement process works!

3. Focus on healthy finances.

This is about spending, investing, and saving wisely.

Those with the spiritual gift of giving should be mobilized as Kingdom Builders or The Legacy Team.

4. Invest in student and children ministry.

Kids and students took the biggest hit these last two years. This is the biggest felt need right now.

Generation Z: Born 1995-2015

1 out of 4 people in the world

The most isolated and disconnected generation in history. Most attached to social media and online. They are looking to have their needs met, but these needs can only be met by God and godly people.

“After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”” – Nehemiah 4:14

The younger generation wants us to fight for them!

A Survey for your Teens
“I wish my parents knew…”

Their answers will blow you away!

See message from Chris Hodges from Feb. 20, 2022

Children’s Ministry is best as Graded Curriculum to grow up to know the Bible.

Middle and High School Students are best as Weekly Gatherings with small groups and fun events.

College Ministry is best as Leadership Development.

5. Teach the church how to share their faith.

In the past we just needed to encourage people to invite others to church.

88% of people will only come to Christ if they have a friend who is like Christ.

Four Things Our People to Know to Share Their Faith:

  • Accept the personal responsibility. You are ambassadors of faith! Focus on your sphere of influence.
  • Develop a personal relationship. Connect before you correct. Daniel stood for his faith and still had influence.
  • Share your personal story. Don’t tell them what is wrong with them. Tell them what happened to you! We are to be witnesses. We are not the judge, prosecutor, or even the defense.
  • Give a personal invitation. If you ask them, people are saying “yes”! See the Beyond Success videos by John Maxwell.

    Make sure our people know how to pray for their friends and family who are not following Jesus.

6. Make room in our services for God to move.

For 20 years we have gotten better at attractional and seeker-sensitive services. Now most churches are doing this.

It cannot be manmade. It cannot be spooky or goofy.

There are better speakers our people can watch online.

There is plenty of information out there. People are looking for transformation.

We cannot let people come to church looking for God and only find us!

Renewed focus on Worship.

God does stuff for us for sure, but we focus on songs about God’s worth right now. Focused on vertical worship. Lights aren’t moving to not distract from focusing on God.

“The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of Our attention would have been on God.”

– C.S. Lewis

Renewed focus on the Word of God.

The enemy steals the worship and pollutes God’s Word.

“If your god never disagrees with you, you might just be worshiping an idealized version of yourself.”

– Tim Keller

Renewed focus on the Holy Spirit.

Salvation is a gift with no work attached to it all. We believe in a second baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe in signs and wonders.

See the Freedom Material. As people are freed from evil, the Holy Spirit fills up what was left empty.

“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.” – Matthew 9:35

7. Prayer is the biggest growth driver Church of the Highlands has ever had.

Pray that the Father would draw them supernaturally to Jesus. (John 6:44)

Bind the spirit that blinds their minds. (2 Corinthians 4:4)

Pray that they may have a personal relationships with God. Loose the spirit of adoption (sonship). (Romans 8:15)

Pray for believers to cross their paths. (Matthew 9:38)

Release the Spirit of wisdom and revelation on them, so they may know God better. (Ephesians 1:17)

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