Communicating is a Team Sport

We don’t have a communication specialist at Restore. But our team appreciates how important it is to communicate well. So I meet with some of our staff once a week to talk about communications.

The first thing we do is review last week’s assignments. We ask a simple question: How effective were we last week in communicating what we wanted? Accountability is key. Doing what you say you’re going to do when you said you would do it is essential.

Next we talk about what we need to do this week. We ask ourselves some simple questions:

  1. What is the ONE thing we are trying to communicate this week and why?
  2. What conversation are we trying to start via our social media outlets and why?
  3. What content needs to be removed to maintain clarity of our message?

Oh–and last but not least, we ask for everyone’s last 5%. What is it you want to say or do that we haven’t addressed? This way everyone leaves the meeting feeling that they’ve been heard and team doesn’t miss anything important that needs to be communicated.

What about your church? Who handles communications? How have you structured your team to handle the various tasks? How do you know people are getting the message?

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Is it Too Much?

The average church planter is dealing with a ton of stuff like: team building, leadership issues, facility challenges, and finances to name just a few. It’s probably too much. After all, the more I talk to planters the more I am convinced many of them overestimate their own abilities to lead all of these well.

I am convinced that a planter needs to keep the gospel the main thing. That’s what MissionGlue is going to be all about: helping planters navigate the details of church planting so they can keep the gospel the main thing.

This needs to be a conversation and so I invite you into it. If you’re a church planter or on a launch team I want to hear from you.

So what about you? Is it too much? How are you dealing with it?


Somebody Needs to Be Responsible for the Buckets

We are in the thick of budget season at Restore. Our fiscal year ends at the end of  this month.

So I sat down with our new Creative Arts Director for our Liberty Campus, Lucas Motley, to explain our financial paradigm to him. To my amazement Lucas actually loves this stuff as much as I do!

As I explained our structure, I realized one of it’s strengths. It’s good that every line item in our budget has a human being overseeing it.

I know what you’re saying. I am trying to plant a church. I don’t have time to create a budget. I get it. But if you don’t you’re missing out.

A budget need not be complicated. At Restore we’ve divided each campus into five buckets. Each bucket has a ‘champion’ who is ultimately responsible for what comes out of the budget. And I am not talking responsibility for its own sake. Everyone who controls these buckets has skin-in-the-game. They aren’t simply employees who oversee general ledger accounts. They are team mates who are overseeing one of the buckets for the sake of the mission. Do you see the difference?

So what about you and your organization? Who’s responsible for the financial buckets and why?


Don’t Be Afraid of the Numbers

I spent much of last week working on the budget of my organization. No, spending almost two days in front of a spreadsheet wasn’t too exciting. But it was very informative. I learned where we spent too much money last year. But I also learned where we didn’t spend enough. Every organization has this problem. The budget must reflect who we say we are as a church. We work hard to make that happen.

Where you spend your money tells us who you are. And your budget helps tell the story of your organization.

Are you a numbers person?  So many church planters tell me they aren’t. They find people who are and give it to them to deal with. That’s not delegation–that’s avoidance.

If you aren’t looking at the numbers you’re not really seeing your organization. If you’re spending doesn’t represent your values then may I encourage you to address the issue.

Don’t be afraid of the numbers.