CNLP 096: Larry Osborne on How to Close the Back Door at Your Church and Truly Align Your Team

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Few people have been in leadership as long or effectively as Sticky Church author and North Coast Senior Pastor Larry Osborne. In a wide-ranging conversation, Larry talks about why it took so long for North Coast to grow to a large church, how to close the back door at your church and how to truly align a team.

Welcome to Episode 96 of the Podcast.

North Coast Church

Larry Osborne

Sticky Teams: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page

Sticky Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series)

Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith

Sticky Teams Conference

Larry Osborne on Twitter

eaHelp

Injoy Stewardship Solutions

Orange Tour

ReThink Leadership

Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples

3 Things You Can Do Right Away

When you lead a church on the West Coast, your approach has to be innovative and unique. Larry Osborne has figured out what works and created simple principles that anyone can apply to their ministry.

  1. Shift the focus. Larry says he wants to serve people so well that they should want to bring their friends. “A restaurant or movie doesn’t have to say. ‘Bring your friends.’ … I never told people to do it.” The key is to use plan language in everything you do so that it’s understood by those who have never been to church.
  2. Place emphasis on what really matters. It’s more than mission, teaching and passion. It’s about tying people to relationship. It’s the glue that keeps people together when they start to get bored, and when they go through hard times.
  3. Find alignment among leadership. Speak the same language and build trust among one another, because even when you disagree, you have universal verbiage being used. And you can’t have a good team without high trust. Don’t start with a bias that someone can’t be trusted; start with a bias that someone can be trusted, and hold them accountable.

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Next Episode: Grant Vissers

At 25, Grant Vissers, a newlywed and fresh graduate of Princeton, started ministry at two small rural churches with his wife Konnie, and within a few months started burning out. He talks about how it happened, why it happened, and how he battled back to continue ministry in a fresh context with fresh passion (and new wisdom).

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Secure Your Church’s Future with a Proven Pastoral Succession Plan.

If you’ve ever wondered:

  • How do I lead this church with a vision I didn’t create and a staff I didn’t hire?
  • Am I even equipped to be a lead pastor? And to lead our church through a healthy transition? 
  • How can I honor the outgoing pastor throughout the transition?

Then it might be time to make a plan for your future.

So much rides on healthy pastoral succession. A bad one can ruin a great legacy, harm a church, and make the new lead pastor a sacrificial lamb.

Or, it can go exceedingly well. 

How do you not mess it up when there's so much at stake?

The Art of Pastoral Succession helps you hit the ground running in your ministry and skip the years of trial-and-error (and failures) that so many pastors face during a transition.

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Carey Nieuwhof
Carey Nieuwhof

Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter. He hosts one of today’s most influential leadership podcasts, and his online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change, and personal growth.