Winning Leadership

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19 & 20

Colorado is known as a football state.  Though we have all four major sports represented in the Mile High City, and each has a great and wonderful fan base, it is the football team that has won the hearts of the Centennial State’s residence.  Even with natives like me being increasingly hard to find, the love of our football team has never wavered.  That team and that sport is firmly part of the Colorado DNA.  It is part of what makes Coloradan’s, Coloradan’s.  We put on the orange and blue and root-on our team (which, just to remind all the non-orange-and-blures out there, our team is the reigning champions!  Sorry, I had to do it ☺).

Moving south of the Mile High City is another football team that is beloved by many Coloradan’s.  They do not play on quit the same stage as the orange and blue, and in many cases they aren’t even considered a true contender among their own football peers.  However, this team has a history of overachieving and accomplishing great feats.  This team sits in our own backyard and is a northern Colorado Springs neighbor of New Life Church.  This team represents our country.  This team is the United States Air Force Academy Fighting Falcons.

The reason I want to talk about this team is because two years ago they did something that really exemplifies the point I want to bring about in this article.   Continue reading “Winning Leadership”

Building A Host Team

Being a Section Leader does not have to be hard, but it does have to be intentional.

The primary purpose of Sections is to facilitate the connecting of people in biblical community. There are 150-200 seats in each of our Sections and, believe it or not, that is a little larger than the average size church in America today. No Section Leader, however talented or experienced they may be, is able to adequately serve that size congregation alone. Therefore, the key to successfully creating healthy Section community is through a strong team of Section Hosts.

In order to accomplish our mission of biblical community, Section Leaders and Hosts need to be pastoral. This is primarily accomplished when everyone on the team is intentional to connect, care, and invite each week.
Section Hosts are so vitally important. Here are some key strategies to successfully build a strong team:

  1. Pray for faithful men and women to sense the Holy Spirit leading them to serve.
  2. Look for those who regularly attend church (3 out of 4 weeks per month), arrive early to service, and linger afterward to fellowship with others.
  3. Let them know how you have observed them and ask them to join you in your efforts each week to create community in your section.
  4. Ask your friends and people you know who are pastoral — whether they are an extrovert or introvert — to join you in serving your Section.
  5. Lead by example. Do the things you ask and expect of your Hosts.
  6. Serve your Hosts the way you want them to serve members of your Section. Pray for them, encourage and support them any way you are able.
  7. Celebrate the success of your team by sharing testimonies of what God has done in and through them.

You will be amazed at the sense of fulfillment you experience as a leader when you consistently serve others together with a strong Host team.

Remember: it does not have to be hard, but it does have to be intentional.