At a ministerial event last week I was asked to share (in 5 minutes) some of the things that are working for us at Crosspoint. I pitched it out to the staff and condensed their ideas with my own and gave a shot gun blast of what seems to be bringing decent dividends these days. Here’s the list:
Risk. We’re intentionally creating environments where vision-driven risk seems normal. No risk = no reward. People are responding well to the faith it takes to step into the unknown and simply rely on the leading and provision of God. What a concept.
Vision. Simple, but true. Keeping the vision clear and hot is helping us.
Creativity. That’s not new either, but it is working. We can’t imagine doing church without a ‘Creative Team’. We approach everything with a lens of creativity. Fresh thinking opens hearts and minds. Repetition leads to boredom, disconnection, and apathy.
No bulletins. We communicate but we don’t print a weekly handout.
Video announcements. If it’s on the screen, and it’s quirky, people will pay attention.
One order of service. We did one basic service outline for at least a year and we just switched it up over Christmas. We infuse this basic outline with creativity. We don’t kill ourselves every week trying to come up with a creative outline. The template is the same from week to week.
1 point sermons. The sermon is all about the one main thing we are trying to communicate. Andy Stanley is the 1 point sermon ninja. Listen to him 100 times a day and pick up on this style!
Creating a culture and climate of expectation and anticipation. It’s ok to ‘want’ to come to church, to look forward to it. This isn’t hype. It’s a very genuine desire to see God change lives on a weekly basis. Great line from Mark Brewer, “Media, humour, coffee, music and the Truth in a specific way each and every week and the result is that new people bring new people.”
Simple Church model. We make a deliberate effort to keep things simple. Highly recommend ‘Simple Church’ by Thom Rainer.
Community. We work hard at helping people connect into the community of the church. It’s not about getting seats on seats. It’s about spiritual formation happening in a healthy church context!
Quality. Unless you push it, quality always slides. Also, you need continuous objective feedback from honest people about your quality. Just because you think it’s good doesn’t mean it is.
Children’s Ministry. My guess is that pretty much any church could make a significant spiritual dent in their community if they would simply commit to children’s ministry. Ramp up a vision for this, make a bunch of noise, do it well, invest in it, etc, and new families will come!!