Welcome to The Business Rising Podcast! We provide education, inspiration, and application for busy business leaders. Today we interview Pastor Chris Bower from New Covenant Church in Tyler, Tx.
Today we talk about how to grow your church through basic business principles.
Pastor Chris Bower, from New Covenant Church, has been in ministry for twenty-six years, but also co-owned and managed a video production company for twelve years.
Chris talks about his journey with helping grow New Covenant Church, and what not checking his brain at the alter has meant for him.
His advice is to have a clear vision, not only about where you want to be, but what your targeted goal is now, and where you want that goal to take you.
Can you fully explain why you are doing the things you are doing now, and how they are benefitting your church?
Just like a business, if a church does not have a purpose of being there, why be there?
Know what it is you are doing, and where you are going.
Vagueness will turn people away, because it will bring confusion.
Make sure you are communicating clearly so that your congregation knows what you are doing, where you are going, and how it involves/effects them.
A church starts just the way a business does - with a passion.
Sometimes we jump out there with that passion, and we think that is what is going to carry us and it will take us where we need to be.
Passion may be great on the stage while you are speaking to your congregation, but if they cannot leave your service and go tell someone in the grocery store what your church is really about, then you missed the mark.
Passion is great, but it still needs to be fueled by clear and targeted direction.
Knowing your generation and your audience.
People are going to remember your story and how well you highlighted a point of the Bible, not how many Greek words you used, especially if you go twenty minutes over the time you usually release people.
Even Jesus told stories - He spoke in parables!
He understood that there is something captivating about drawing people in through a story.
Of course back your stories up with scripture, but also think about the people in your congregation who may not be well versed.
Try following the pattern of hook, book, look, and took.
Start with your story, back it up with scripture, what does it look like in their life, and what do you want them to take away from it.
Hooking your audience is not wrong - if you lose them at the beginning they will miss the rest of the message and take nothing away from it.
If you hook your congregation at the beginning you have a better chance of maintaining their attention and speaking truth into their lives.