If it weren't for Covid 19, our staff and many of you would be looking forward to being together in North Fort Worth next week. Barbecue and Tex-Mex were on the menu along with 2 days of fellowship and learning.
I started this series more than a month ago but got sidestracked on topics related to the Covid 19 crisis. The pandemic has only ramped up. But, for a moment, let's refocus on how we help a church measure how well they are multiplying disciples.
Jesus didn't mentor his disciples just to make them better men. His goal was for them to mentor other people who would do the same thing. Paul was super clear on this multiplication model of mentoring in 2 Timothy 2:2.
We who are captivated by the privilege and challenge of this calling are part of a growing movement of churches owning the multiplication vision. Our experience has shown us that consistency and conversations are two powerfully helpful measures of multiplication.
Covid 19 has made social distancing a new part of our everyday vocabulary and it's impacting our church. Last Sunday our pastor preached to a camera in an empty auditorium. It looks like there will be a lot more of that.
He reminds us regularly that the building isn't the church, we are. The building is just the place the church meets. Now that we are social distancing and cannot meet in the building, how's the church supposed to meet? Like everything else, we wonder, what will technology do? If online applications were different parts of a church facility, what function would each application provide? It's a good question. Here's my take:
Last week we were at the Exponential Conference in Orlando. It is an exciting gathering of thousands of people devoted to multiplying leaders and planting churches. Our many conversations with men and women enthusiastically pursuing a life of significance through mentoring and multiplication reminded me again of why we started Churchteams.
Watch this NEW, very creative video to see how church management software is being used to help pastors and staff mobilize their church for ministry.
You are likely familiar with form building tools like Wufoo, Formstack, Google Forms, Jotforms and many others. Or maybe even dedicated event registration applications like Eventbrite, Cvent, EventU or others. They are great at what they do.
20 years ago I was at a place in ministry where I wanted out. It was not what I expected it to be when I started working for a church full time 9 years earlier. Maybe you've been there. If so you likely know that hardship like this is often the path God uses to mature us and refine our calling.
Eight weeks ago, I did a blog post on using Workflows to help you with volunteer recruitment. This is the time of the year that most church staff are stressed out to make sure all the volunteers needed are in place. But, once you get them recruited and trained, there is still the challenge of getting everyone scheduled.
A church executes its vision by developing a strategy. But, whether or not that strategy succeeds is determined by how well a church uses its software.