Dave Ferguson peers into the future to talk about the future of the micro-church, networks and how red light, green light and yellow light thinking will change the future.
Plus, he talks about how to be resilient in the face of constant change and instability.
Welcome to Episode 415 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.
Plus, in this episode’s What I’m Thinking About segment, Carey talks about how you can position your organization to do its mission outside the building.
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Insights From Dave
1. In times of crisis, focus on the 5%
There’s no doubt that this year has been an extremely difficult year for most leaders. You’re more exhausted than ever, working longer hours and probably reaching the end of your rope at home.
Some of the best advice Dave has heard this year has been, “In times of crisis, focus on the 5% of things you can control.” Focus on taking care of your health, your sleep and your responsibilities. This will produce far better returns than focusing on the 95% of things you cannot control.
2. Your church’s greatest opportunity online is Monday through Saturday, not Sunday
This last year has caused almost every church to start broadcasting their services online. This is great, but broadcasting services and using your Instagram and Facebook accounts for announcements isn’t enough to have a successful online presence.
If you want to have a thriving online presence, you should intentionally engage your online community Monday through Saturday. If you don’t, don’t expect your online presence to help you reach more people.
3. One difference leaders can make toward racial equality is moving money into a black-owned bank
During the interview, Dave talked about how he and the other churches in his network are helping fight racial inequality. Here’s a really practical thing any church can do for free:
In the U.S., the average net worth of a white family is $170,000, and the average net worth of black families is $17,000. One of the biggest contributing factors to this is home ownership.
So, how are churches responding to this? Dave’s church has moved a portion of their savings from sitting in a white-owned bank to a black-owned bank that is much more likely to lend money to African American families to buy a home.
If you would like to find more information and get some help on how you can do this, Dave and his team have set up a website to help churches.
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