Chris Hodges was an unlikely church planter. After burning out at age 38, Chris found a renewed call and planted the Church Of the Highlands, which has become one of the largest and fastest growing churches in America.
Chris and Brad Lomenick talk about mentoring the next generation of leaders, what’s changing, and how systems and creativity can work together rather than compete with one another. Both Chris and Brad will be featured speakers at this year’s Rethink Leadership Conference in Atlanta, April 29-30th, 2020.
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3 Insights from Chris and Brad
1. The right system is one that works
So many leaders argue for different models and different systems that they prefer to operate in. This is the wrong approach. Chris argues that the best system for you and your organization is the one that works best for you and your organization. Your preference shouldn’t be a factor.
A great example of this is that most churches have a vision to reach lost people, but they haven’t created anything that lost people are attracted to, because they have a bad system. Their system is great at attracting Christians but not lost people. When we fall more in love with our systems and our methods than our vision, the vision dies.
2. These two things will set your church up for financial success
One of the biggest challenges of leading a church is the issue of how to manage the finances. At Church of the Highlands, Chris and his team have learned that there are two major rules for succeeding in finances.
The first is prioritizing generosity. If you, as a church, aren’t able to be generous and show your people how you are being generous, how can you expect your people to be generous at all?
The second is keeping margin. At their church, their yearly budget is based off 90% of the previous year’s income. This allows them to have margin when disasters or unplanned opportunities arise.
3. On sabbath, just stop producing
One of the keys to Chris’ success is his strict policy of keeping a sabbath every week. He noted in the podcast that, “It’s amazing how many leaders would never think about murder or theft, but will disregard the command of sabbath every week.” Chris takes a full sabbath at the start of every week on Monday.
On his sabbath, he is very intentional about making sure that he doesn’t spend any time producing. For him, if he avoids anything digital altogether, and he manages to spend a significant amount of time outside, he will have a successful sabbath. A date night with his wife is usually involved, too.
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