In the last couple of days I read this short book written by Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, and Lane Jones, founding leaders of North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a list and explanation of seven practices that they have implemented since the beginning of North Point, which has taken it to a church of tens of thousands. Its a great, easy read, filled with baseball analogies.
Here are the practices:
Practice #1: Clarify the Win - Define what is important at every level of the organization.
Practice #2: Think Steps, Not Programs - Before you start anything, make sure it takes you where you need to go.
Practice #3: Narrow the Focus - Do fewer things in order to make a greater impact.
Practice #4: Teach Less for More - Say only what you need to say to the people who need to hear it.
Practice #5: Listen to Outsiders - Focus on who you're trying to reach, not who you're trying to keep.
Practice #6: Replace Yourself - Learn to hand off what you do.
Practice #7: Work On It - Take time to evaluate your work - and to celebrate your wins.
I'm thinking of going through it with some leaders of my church. But I truly need to wait and pray and see how much of this stuff will work for our smaller, more traditional setting. That's the catch. These guys have been doing this since before they got North Point going. Gleaning from their experience without trying to copy it - that's the trick.