Short Notes from a four our stint with Mark Batterson:
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Everything says something about everything.
- Don’t over promises and then under deliver – under promise and over deliver.
- Bill Gates said, “We over estimate what we can do in two years and under estimate what we can do in ten years”.
- If you pour your life into on church for 30 years, who knows what God could do.
- Overcoming the fear of failure doesn’t come from success; it comes from developing immunity through many small doses of failure.
- The longer you have to wait the more you appreciate what you get from God… National Community Church in Washington, DC church grew from 19 to 250 over a five year period.
- Pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on you.
- We plant and water but God give the increase…numbers are a tricky thing (don’t get to down or too excited by them).
- I don’t want anyone from another church…They will have a vision for what our church should look like.
- NCC has a 40% to 50% turnover ever year…last year it was 44%.
- They have 83 small groups.
- My church can find another pastor. My son has only one dad!
- Church gets one night per week. Mark spends the other night closer to home.
- Small groups are the heart of what we do.
- Pulpit announcements are counter productive
- We market and package small groups and corresponding marketing based on three semesters each year.
- They do quarterly leadership summits and a yearly (2 day away) retreat for all small group leaders. Cast vision and give some insider info…what is coming up.
- Final Cut Pro is a great program.
- 1% of what you say will make 99% of your impact or 99% difference for people. Learn to say the most important thing well (in particular with internal marketing).
- Don’t spam the congregation – white noise (monthly e-news not weekly)
- Values out front not beliefs. Jesus didn’t even ask his followers who people thought he was until they had been there for a while. People can by into our values as they learn about our beliefs. They can be part of the community as the develop theological understanding.
- We MUST turn attenders into inviters.
- Provide Invite cards and other tools.
- Church is a tag team sport: When you walk in you tag me and trust that I will provide your guest with a relevant experience that points people to God through a variety of well thought through mechanism. When you leave I tag you and trust you to be inviting the people far from God to join you as you journey.
- We create selfishness within our congregation as we come to the end of our vision. When we stop looking outward we begin looking inward.
- Mark sees the Annual Report they create as the best and most powerful internal marketing too (and he should it is great – when have you heard a pastor brag about another pastors Annual Report????).