Our services include a range of support that includes providing specific church governance documents and supporting church leadership.
However, Refresh Church Consultancy’s key focus is the delivery of our church leadership modules. We can deliver eight key modules designed specifically for your church, and this is presented over two days, whether it’s two adjoining days, or broken up into separate times. Some churches may choose to receive four modules which can be delivered in one day, or an initial two modules which is for a morning or afternoon. We are keen to work with you and if possible, fit with your schedule.
1. Vision, Values and Culture
It’s important that the leadership team all agree with the clear vision, but how you achieve it takes a variety of ideas, thoughts, giftings and talents – it’s time for all hands on deck!
Therefore, clarifying the vision for the church is vital. Bill Hybels once stated that ‘Vision Leaks’. This means that even if the vision was once cast to the leadership team when first appointed, it is important to remind the team regularly of what the vision is.
Do you have a Vision Statement? This module reaffirms what the vision and purpose of the church is, and why your church exists.
To put a coating, or blanket around the vision is what we call ‘key values’. This is a joint agreement of what you hold important in the church. What is valued in your church? What is championed?
Once the vision and values are identified and practiced in the church, this will in-turn create a culture. This is the environment of your church and it is created by what you place value on. This is a key module that all churches need to embrace every couple of years.
2. Dents in the armour
There are some great leaders who are fresh out of college or seminary and doing an amazing work. There are also many others who carry scars and ‘dents in their armour’. How do we deal with our dents? What if these scars and marks are not from the world, but painful experiences from others in the church? What if these attacks hit your spouse and family? What happens when those you may have trusted disappoint or even worse, go on the attack against you. What about if it’s you, the leader, who has fallen short? There will always be people who look at the leaders and think, they can preach better, lead better, they would make different decisions or they wouldn’t do it that way. We all have those around us, and if you don’t, then enjoy this time because with growth and increase, those voices may come. This module is about how to cope with these experiences. This module is raw and real regarding life in ministry, but also reflects the goodness and kindness of God.
3. Team Structure
In this module we look at managing conflict, positioning effectively and managing organisational behaviour. We look at the identity and gifting of the leadership that you have around you, tapping into their potential and discovering words, prophecies and scriptures that have been spoken over your team in the past. In this module we look at ‘positions on the bus’. This is a key leadership value that was introduced in his book, ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins. Collins creates a lasting and memorable metaphor by comparing an organisation to a bus and the leader as a bus driver. He emphasises that it is crucial to continuously ask “First who, then what?”
You are a bus driver. The bus, your company/church/organisation, is at a standstill, and it’s your job to get it going. You have to decide where you’re going, how you’re going to get there, and who’s going with you.
Most people assume that great bus drivers immediately start the journey by announcing to the people on the bus where they’re going-by setting a new direction or by articulating a fresh corporate vision.
In fact, leaders of companies that go from good to great start not with “where” but with “who.” And they stick with that discipline-first the people, then the direction-no matter how dire the circumstances.
We can apply this to church life and team structure. It is tempting to ‘fill a gap’. You see a need in the church, you find any person to fill that role. This is difficult to avoid in those early days when numbers are few and volunteers are sparse. However, this value from Jim Collins is an important part of church structure that will be shared in greater detail in this module.
4. Self Aware Leader
A number of leaders fall or make big mistakes, not during times of storms or deep challenges, but when ‘all is well’. We seem to hear of large churches where the leader has fallen from grace and yet on the surface, the church appears to be booming, young people were flocking and ministries, finance and converts were daily increasing. Some of these are high profile churches that are clearly in a mess, but many leaders and smaller churches are experiencing challenging times, just more ‘quietly’.
It was a pleasant evening for Samson, laying his head upon Delilah’s lap, the wine was flowing, the fire was lit. This wasn’t a storm, this was a romantic evening on the surface, but underneath things were not good and he was on the verge of loosing his strength and calling.
On a hot, sunny day, far from any wars or storms, David ventured on a roof top and saw Bathsheba sunbathing. We know the rest of the story. As a self-aware leader, how do we remain vigilant? How do we ‘guard our heart’? What ways can we look after the unseen (our hearts)? Pastors and leaders are good at highlighting the ‘doing’, but I believe the Lord is more interested in the ‘being’. This is a vital module that every leader should regularly revisit. The cost of ignoring this value can last a lifetime.
5. The Compound Effect
This module focuses on key leadership decisions that shape your future. Little, everyday decisions will take you either to the life you desire or to missed opportunities. This concept was originally introduced by business leader, Darren Hardy, in the States. Decisions you make today can be prophecies for your life fifteen years from now. This is a key principle that can make a huge difference to your life, church and family.
6. Pattern and Power of thought
This principle was highlighted over three thousand years ago by King Solomon. These powerful words from King David’s son included ‘What a person thinks, so is he’ (Proverbs 23:7).
What goes on inside our thoughts and heart? Dr Caroline Leaf stated ‘When you think, you build thoughts, and these become physical substances in your brain.” It has been stated that the mind is the devils playground. Much of what is gained or lost starts with our thoughts. This is a module that can be applied throughout all areas of your life, not just in church leadership.
7. Change Management
One thing that is consistent is change. Dust settles on things that are not moving, though it can be quite comfortable. How do leaders handle change? How do leaders introduce change? Don’t under-estimate people’s response to change. Souls may be dying, wars breaking out, suicides, abuse, evil and sin all around us – and yet the focus, energy and attention of the leader may be required to deal with resistance to change due to changing something very small. It’s laughable, but very sad. Whether it is a little issue like changing a visual in the church building, or big decisions of change that need to be made, how we approach and introduce change to the church can make a big difference on the speed and transition. This module doesn’t hold back and probably affects every leader that desires to move forward and impact their community.
8. Coping with Increasing
It can be exciting when momentum kicks in. However, in this module we look at how things are going with the front doors (people joining the church), and the back doors (people leaving the church). How do we cope with growth? How do we adapt to an increasing church? How can we avoid church splits or hitting our ceiling? This is a relevant module for all churches that desire to grow and experience increase.