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CNLP 164: Allyson Evans on Life Church’s Approach to Reaching Families, Unbelievable Growth, Hard Decisions and Leveling the Next Gen Playing Field

Allyson Evans came in from the marketing world to join the staff at Life.Church 16 years ago just as Life Church was opening its second location.

She talks about working with Craig Groeschel, what’s working for them in reaching families, tough decisions as they’ve grown and on a radical staffing decision that leveled the playing field between kids ministry staff and student ministry staff.

Welcome to Episode 164 of the podcast.

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Breaking 200 Without Breaking You

3 Insights from This Episode

1. The mission and core values must remain consistent during times of change

Growth is always welcome, but with it comes the challenges of change. Allyson Evans started her career at Life Church as the second campus was launching. She describes the early days of growing and pushing through learning curves as failing forward – not always making the best decisions, but learning from them and moving ahead.

Maybe you’re in the midst of huge growth or just the opposite, decline. Maybe you’re facing unexpected challenges or welcoming new adventures that your team has been planning for years. Amidst any type of change, what must remain consistent are your mission and core values. Make sure those are clearly in view to keep you on track for what’s next.

2. Resources, Resources, Resources

Life Church has an incredible library full of ministry resources available to anyone and totally FREE for the taking.

finds.life.church – articles on any subject you may need.

open.life.church – resources on any subject you may need.

And just in case this one’s not on your radar – Allyson highly recommends the YouVersion Bible App . Click “plans for” and enter your topic of choice. This tool is a game changer.

3. Investing in your people can never be undervalued

Although invest in your people may be an overused phrase, the action can never be undervalued. Every individual, whether on your team or a key volunteer, requires a different investment from you as a leader. Recognize each person’s unique needs and create time to lean in to them on a regular basis. You’ll pull the best out of your people and grow as a leader, too.

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Some Help For Your Church

So you would love to reach more people, but how? Your church just can’t seem to sustainably grow past the 200 barrier. And you’re really not sure why.

My new online course called Breaking 200 Without Breaking You is designed to help senior pastors and their boards and leadership 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 150-250 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.

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: Mark Batterson

One of the top questions church leaders get is “how can I know I’ve heard from God” closely followed by “how can I know God’s will for my life.” Mark Batterson has studied the subject in-depth and shares 7 key ways people hear from God, and how hearing his voice can help you find his will. This interview will help answer your personal questions and serve as a road map as you find answers for yourself and for the long line of people who ask you.

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