Do you feel called to ministry?
Are you anointed to preach?
Have you received vision to impact your world for God's Kingdom?
Well, why isn't it happening yet? Thousands of leaders experience small measures of success without taking their ministries to the next level. They are called, anointed, and have vision. However, they face the "leadership gap," as their staffs, methods, and roles need to change so the organization can experience elevated success.
Curtis Wallace serves as COO for one of the most influential ministry leaders in the world--Bishop T.D. Jakes. In this curriculum, Wallace delivers tried and proven secrets showing you how to practically bride this gap and build a successful organization.
Session 1: Building Your Ministry Team
The whole function of the ministry team is to free the pastor.
The pastor has to transform himself from a doer to a leader who is visionary.
Every ministry needs to build two teams:
Mistakes in assembling teams:
Mistake #1: The pastor tends to focus on building the ministry team first.
Mistake #2: Moving available people over from the ministry to the business side.
Attributes of team members:
Attribute #1: Find people who are willing to tell truth to power.
Attribute #2: Find people who are thinkers.
Attribute #3: Find people who speak multiple languages.
Attribute #4: Find people who are constant learners.
Attribute #5: Find people who are relationship builders.
None of these attributes can be taught; people either have them or they don't!
Session 2: How to Motivate and Inspire Your Team
Working in the ministry, your team tends to be pre-motivated.
Remember, ministry is a calling.
Keys to motivating and inspiring your team:
The pastor must understand the dual role that he or she plays.
The pastor must set the tone for how the staff interacts with each other.
Key: To create this atmosphere, the pastor must both ask for it and reward it.
The pastor has to empower his staff; not micromanage it.
This involves the pastor transitioning from being a doer to a leader or visionary who empowers a team.
Team members should be fairly compensated.
Assembling your team:
Your core executive team consists of:
Tips for dealing with problem employees.
It should never be a surprise to an employee that he or she is being let go.
Be honest in your feedback about employee strengths and weaknesses.
The pastor should not have to fire any employee or deliver the bad news.
Session 3: What Nobody Tells You When You Enter The Ministry
There is competition.
The competition is with other churches, entertainment, and other activities that demand attention.
Your church is providing people with a unique experience.
It is important to see the church experience through the eyes of visitors.
The experience includes web presence.
Create an experience that makes church relevant.
For churches to grow, the pastor has to change.
Ask Yourself: Do I want the ministry to grow and change, or do I want things to stay like they have been?
You need to have balance in your life!
You will experience burnout when your whole life becomes wrapped up in the church.
Pastors and ministry staff should:
Church leadership cannot say yes to every great idea that comes along.
To be truly effective, we must develop filters to evaluate ideas.
Just because it's a great idea that someone should do, does not mean it is a great idea that you should do.
Session 4: Effectively Hiring and Managing Outside Professionals
Keys to working with outside professionals
Find the right people and develop long-term relationship.
This is not an area to cut financial corners.
Basic categories of outside professionals:
Structural organizations for outside professionals:
General practice firms.
Keys to hiring outside professionals to meet your needs.
Interview the professional you are looking to work with.
Figure out how accessible the professional is.
Will the actual professional be doing business, or will it be delegated to an associate?
Make sure you know how the billing is going to work.
The lifeblood of your ministry is its tax-exempt status.
You need to work with a professional who specializes in non-profit work.
The accountant does the following for your organization:
It is important that an audit be done once a year, or even once every two years.
Public relations specifics.
There must be effective interaction with the press.
Ignoring a problem is making a decision to do nothing, and the problem rarely resolves itself.
Session 5: Managing Up
Managing up comes down to building trust.
Keys to managing up:
Key 1: Build trust.
Remind yourself that you are here to do a job and do it with excellence.
Do what you say you are going to do.
Do not overpromise.
Be a constant learner.
Make sure that you stretch yourself.
Key 2: Learn your boss.
Key 3: Manage expectations.
Key 4: Be a problem solver.
Being a problem solver adds value to your boss and supervisor.
Session 6: What a Leader Really Needs From His Staff: Freedom
Keys to creating a culture of freedom for the leader.
The leader has to want that freedom
The leader has to assemble and empower the team.
The leader has to choose to be free and assume a visionary role.
Why is freedom so important?
Without freedom you cannot be the visionary for the organization.
Without freedom a leader is unable to invest time in themselves.
Session 7: Keys to Building a Solid Foundation
Think big no matter what your size is.
Key #1: Set up a non-profit corporation.
Your corporation protects you from legal liability.
Your corporation enables you to enjoy the benefits of being a non-profit organization.
Key #2: Determine the organizational structure.
Structure #1: Board-run organizations.
Structure #2: Member-run organizations.
Structure #3: The hybrid model.
Key #3: Maintain your tax-exempt status.
Host an annual board meeting.
Keep current on filing the appropriate corporate documents.
Key #4: Assemble your board of directors
Boards of Directors in churches and ministries tend to be very under-utilized.
Boards of Directors should be strategically and intentionally selected over time.
Boards of Directors should possess the following qualities:
Keep your bylaws current and compliant with present practices of your non-profit organization.
Session 8: The Benefits of Community Involvement
Benefits of community involvement:
Requirements to engaging community involvement:
You are a walking, talking billboard for your organization; represent it well by committing to excellence in serving your community.
Session 9: Doing Business
Pastors, by nature, are creative individuals.
Keys to doing personal business:
Set up a separate for-profit legal entity.
Practical ideas for doing business.
Idea #1: Learn to become selective with opportunities.
Idea #2: Consider the source of the opportunity.
Idea #3: Evaluate the potential for long-term partnership.
Idea #4: Give it the simple napkin test.
Idea #5: Watch out for overly spiritual language.
Keys to evaluating an idea:
Session 10: The Power of Partnership
Benefit #1: Your organization can reduce overhead.
Benefit #2: You are better able to leverage your own results.
Benefit #3: Increase your credibility.
Keys to building a partner relationship:
Church Ally is dedicated to helping congregations grow closer to the Lord. We have a number of curricula and we're looking forward to sharing them with you! Pastors and church leaders, we know you pour your heart and soul into serving your congregation and we’re dedicated to serving you with useful tools, resources and more to make your ministry time better and more productive.