CNLP 245: Jud Wilhite on Developing New Strategies to Reach Unchurched People, What’s Working and What’s Not, and How to Lead Out of Your Vulnerabilities and Insecurities

Las Vegas is a place millions visit, but home to two million people who live there year round. 20,000 of those 2,000,000 Vegas residents attend a location of Central Church in Vegas.

Jud talks about some fresh strategies and insights he and his team are developing to reach even more people, opens the book on their current assumptions and strategy and shares and what’s working, what’s not and what they’re changing.

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3 Insights from Jud

1. Addiction will become an even bigger issue over the next 10 years

Vegas is the city of broken dreams. Jud Wilhite and his team have had to tackle the specific issues that are facing one of America’s darkest cities. Jud has begun to notice a trend that the challenges they face in their church in Vegas happen throughout the rest of the country about 10 years later.

So what major challenges are they facing now that will hit the rest of the US over the next 10 years? Jud predicts that we are going to see addiction become a bigger and bigger issue within churches all across America. Jud thinks that “As we remove God farther and farther from our culture, the more addiction will take hold in our schools, communities, and churches.” As we move forward we will likely see more issues of addiction within staff and board members of the church.

2. How do you keep a healthy mindset when experiencing massive growth?

Jud has a habit that every time he drives away from the church he opens his hand and says “God I give it all to you.” When he does this, he gives up all of the success, failure, criticism, and hardship of the ministry to God and reminds himself that he is just “part-time help” in God’s bigger movement.

If you don’t have a practice of giving up your work to God, you can begin to take every success and failure at work personally. Taking everything at work personally can lead to tragic results. This issue will only get worse the bigger your church grows. As pastors, we have to remember that we are just pieces in God’s chess game. God can choose to use us whenever and wherever he chooses. We just have to obey.  

3. Staff values can drive and shape culture in powerful ways

In any organization, the leaders drive the values, values drive the behaviors, behaviors drive the culture, culture drives the performance. It is important for a team to create their own values. Whenever disunity or confusion hits a staff team it is often because the leaders have not been clear enough about the values.

Jud and his team let a few assumptions about the people they are reaching guide them to their strategy and values as an organization. Here are the values his team created:

Follow Jesus + Love People + Celebrate Stories + Lead Yourself + Work As A Team + Always Honor + Be Loyal + Pedal To The Medal + Have Fun

Quotes from Episode 245

Speak to the broken and you’ll always have an audience. @JudWilhite Click To Tweet It doesn’t matter how big your ministry is or how many campuses you have, you will never find happiness or contentment in that number. @JudWilhite Click To Tweet The creative process is different for everyone. @cnieuwhof Click To Tweet Leaders drive the values. Values drive the behaviors. Behaviors drive the culture. Culture drives the performance. @ann_rhoades Click To Tweet

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It’s a fascinating conversation that has implications for non-Christians, Christians, and even impacts how church leaders do altar calls.

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