Archive for July, 2017
Today, we talk with Louie Giglio, author, founder of Passion Conferences and leader of Passion City Church, Six Step Records, and the Passion Global Institute. Louie is a visionary who has a heart to reach the next generation for Christ in a unique and overwhelming manner. Today, we discuss…
- The true purpose of the Church – who does it exist for?
- Effectively communicating with the next generation
- How Passion began and has grown over the years
- Staying fresh personally
- The value of a spouse who supports and works alongside you
- His new book, “Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants”
… and more. Don’t miss it.
In this last full week of July, Jeana and I will conduct our 30th successive Staff Advance. For thirty summers in a row, we have taken our Ministry Staff Team away for several days of retreat. In our multi-campus, growing fellowship, this time has become invaluable.
Through The Years
Through the years, this Staff Advance has grown in many ways. In the initial years, it was much simpler. Now, I labor over each minute we spend together, realizing how cherished these moments are together. We are in a high-speed game day to day; therefore, to draw aside gives us the chance to wait upon the Lord together and share our hearts in how we can more effectively reach Northwest Arkansas, America, and the world for Jesus Christ.
What We Do On These Days Away
We take our Ministry Staff and their spouses away for this time together. We meet with everyone together for our initial morning session and again in our concluding session. In the other sessions, we divide the Ministry Staff and their spouses. While I lead our Ministry Staff, Jeana leads sessions for the wives of the Ministry Staff members. This time is valuable.
In our sessions together, we worship, and in the initial session, I give my major address to everyone. This sets the stage for the week; what I sense God is doing, and wants us to do in the immediate future. I also articulate a direction for our future. We worship together, led by our powerful worship ministry team. We pray together, calling unto the Lord mightily. At times, we hear from various members of our staff team.
In the sessions we have uniquely for our Ministry Staff members, we spend time hearing reports about the past year and cast specific ministry vision for the future. We also use those sessions to discuss things that we don’t always have time to talk about while we are at home. We try to make every minute count.
In the sessions Jeana conducts with the spouses of our Ministry Staff members, they pour into each other through the Word of God, prayer, and fellowship. This time is irreplaceable for them, as so many need the mentoring and encouragement of the other ladies.
Why This Annual Staff Advance Is So Valuable
1. We grow together in Christ.
Ministers and their wives need to worship together as couples and as Staff Team members. In this setting, someone is not pulling on them and their attention is not divided. We truly engage with our focus on the Lord and His power in our lives. Worshiping together, praying together, sharing our burdens together, and hearing God’s Word together is irreplaceable for our team.
2. We set our focus upon the future.
If we never took this time away, it would be virtually impossible for us to set our focus on the future. Our church runs fast and our team runs fast. Life runs fast. Our people run fast. Everyone needs to escape, remain accountable to the team for their past vision, and set our focus on the future with hope. This fires the team up for the future.
3. We spend time together.
Our Staff Advance is not about individualism, but the team. We do everything as a team. This is non-negotiable. We encourage cross-campus fellowship and cross-campus ministries to spend time with each other. Cross Church is one team with five campuses. We work hard together to create team and teamwork.
4. We cover a multitude of sins.
I fully realize that only the blood of Jesus covers sin. Being on a multi-staff, multi-campus church has some benefits, but also many challenges. Nothing happens in isolation and each decision affects the whole. This results in some misunderstandings through any given year. However, these days of investing in the team and focusing on our fellowship together results in everyone getting along much better over the entire year. We understand each other more and learn to grow in love and appreciation of one another.
5. We experience our vision uniquely.
This is an opportunity for me to relay the vision God has placed on my heart for our church for the coming year. Our team can focus together and we can spend time in vision-casting. It gives our staff an opportunity to catch the vision so they can relay it to our people at the right time. If our staff does not catch our church’s vision, how will the people?
Regardless of the size of your church, lift out these principles and scale it to fit your church. Whether your team is only laypeople (yes, I have been there), your staff team is only one or two others (yes, I have been there also), your staff is a similar size, or even larger than ours (and many are), consider the basic concepts I have mentioned.
What I want you to take away more than anything is… develop the leaders around you. If you do not, who else will? Probably no one. As the pastor or leader, God has called you to lead and equip others. Friend, pour into your leaders. Nothing will bring greater dividends to the church than this.
Now is the Time to Lead,
Ronnie W. Floyd