Jeff Lockyer has been the Lead Pastor of what is now Southridge Church since he was in his early 20’s. He talks about what that journey was like, team leadership, ministering to LGBTQ in his city, and how his church has made reaching the poor part of their mission of reaching people.
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A Mission Partner
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Want to Reach More People?
Can Canadian churches reach their communities? You bet.
The vision behind the Canadian Church Leaders conference is simple: to help you reach more people.
The conference is back, and this year we’re focusing on how to lead change in your church and in a changing culture.
Bring your team June 14-16, 2018 to Barrie, Ontario for the Canadian Church Leaders Conference, a conference designed to help Canadian Church Leaders reach people.
It’s three days of intimate, interactive connection and our speakers will be bringing all new talks that will help you and your team lead change in your church.
This years speakers include Laurel Buckingham, Shaila Visser, Jon Thompson, Jeff Brodie, Rich Birch and Carey Nieuwhof.
There are only a few dozen tickets left. Secure your spot now before tickets sell out!
3 Insights from This Episode
1. Healthy succession requires transferring authority and responsibility
Does your church have a succession plan in place? It’s always smart to be engaging and developing the next generation even if you’re decades away from replacing senior leadership. Start by evaluating your leadership pipeline and general processes. Do you have space on your team for excellent, younger leaders to thrive? It’s okay to get outside of your current system and design opportunities for the next generation to gain experience and responsibility in a creative way.
Make sure your succession plan includes transferring both authority and responsibility to the incoming generation. You can’t give away responsibility and expect to retain authority. Likewise, the recipient can’t hold authority without the role of responsibility. It just won’t work long-term without both.
Be looking for the emerging leaders around you who could take the next steps towards senior level leadership. Investing in them now immediately serves to grow those young leaders and in turn will better serve your church in the years to come.
2. Team Ministry needs the skill set of a Team Leader
Team ministry has its plus sides. Biblically we know moving the Kingdom forward takes many gifts and working hands. It’s fun and rewarding when a collaboration of minds successfully pulls off great things most people couldn’t do alone.
But there are definitely some pitfalls. You can lead collectively up to a certain point, but nothing ever comes together perfectly. As soon as a disagreement arises, that team togetherness is broken. There is a difference between structure and function. You can function as a team, but you can’t structure as a collective because there’s no backbone when people disagree.
That’s where the team leader comes into play. The team leader has the skill set necessary to make those hard calls without dividing the team. The team leader isn’t there to move his or her own vision, but the fundamental beliefs of the church.
3. There’s a way to combine attractional and missional church philosophies
If your church suddenly disappeared, would anyone in the surrounding community notice? There’s a way for your church to be attractional and missional. The key is not being hyper-focused in either area. You can’t devote 100% of your time and resources into the needs of missions and ignore being prepared for weekend services; and vice-versa. Know the blueprint of your church and what you want to be known for by the people. Find ways to engage people in both areas of your church that will grow the hearts of all involved.
Here are the three ways Jeff’s team measures and cultivates discipleship within Southridge Church:
Attendance Rate – How many people are coming to your weekend services?
Connection Rate – How many life groups does your church host and are they actively pursuing community?
Engagement Rate – How many people are volunteering to get out of their comfort zones and serve the needs of the community?
Quotes from This Episode
Does Church in Canada Have to Stay Small?
So you would love to reach more people, but how? Your church just can’t seem to sustainably grow past the 200 barrier.
You’re reaching new families every month, but it’s like pouring water into a leaking bucket: you just can’t grow past your current plateau. What gives?
Breaking 200 Without Breaking You can help you and your team break through the barrier 85% of churches never move past: the 200 attendance barrier.
So many leaders who try to break it either get stuck at 50, 100 or 200 in attendance or burned out in the process of trying.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Believe it or not, the reasons most churches never break 200 aren’t spiritual reasons, they’re practical reasons. Strategic reasons.
The course tackles eight key issues that keep churches from passing the 200 barrier and beyond. It includes:
- 8 videos designed to guide you and your leadership team through all the key growth barriers smaller churches face.
- 150 page downloadable workbook for you and your team.
- 12 licenses, so you can take your entire team through it—board, staff, key volunteers—whoever you want (that’s about $20 a person).
- A bonus cheat sheet with access to 20 free resources designed to take you further.
- A private Breaking 200 Facebook Group access exclusive to the first 1000 purchasers.
So whether your church is 50, 150 or 250 in attendance, the principles will help you gain the insight you need to break the barrier more than 85% of churches can’t break.
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Next Episode: Danielle Strickland
Danielle Strickland is one of the best communicators of our generation, and she’s Canadian. Danielle talks about how she discovered she was a communicator, walks us through her preparation process for speaking and preaching, and talks about how being a teenage rebel prepared her to serve in an established church structure.
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