My church experience on Sunday was a great reminder of leadership. I happened to be in Nashville and took the opportunity to visit one of the fastest growing churches in America, Crosspoint.
The pastor, Pete Wilson, made a statement that seemed contrary to what is happening at Crosspoint. He said, “We are not interested in church growth …”
Hello! Did I miss the memo? Have you been out to the parking lot, Pete? all raced through my mind while the pastor was in mid sentence. But it was the second half of the sentence that is the Crosspoint secret sauce.
“We are not interested in church growth, we are interested in church health. If our church is healthy, the growth will take care of itself.” And there you have it. One smart leader and, therefore, traffic problems.
Perhaps Pete and his team have been reading Patrick Lencioni’s newest book, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business. In The Advantage, Lencioni says, “Any organization that really wants to maximize its success must come to embody two basic qualities: It must be smart, and it must be healthy.” When asked which of the two is most important, Lencioni states, “… without hesitation, organizational health comes out a clear number one.”
You shouldn’t need a preacher or an author to remind you that healthy organizations are growing organizations. If you find yourself stuck, I’m guessing you either don’t care or you are totally focused on growth.
Today would be a good day to shift your attention to health instead of growth. But be warned … Doing so might lead to a traffic problem.
What is one thing you could do before the end of the month to move your organization toward health?