If you could get behind the curtain — so to speak — of one of the fastest growing churches in America, what would you see? What is the key to their success?
I personally love to study churches, to see what lies behind their success or lack of success. I have been a worship pastor and very passionate about worship for a couple of decades. I have led crowds of a few to crowds of thousands. But in the last couple of years, I have been making a transition from being a ”player” to being a “coach”. Eventually all of us should, at some level, make this transition. It’s God’s design. Look at any team: the coach may not be able to play as well as the players (sports, music, debate — any team), yet the coach is still crucial to the success or failure of the program. The coach sees things that the players never can. They are the ones that will lead the players to victory or defeat.
As a coach, I love seeing those who have “done well”; as a worship leader, I also love seeing worshippers who have done well. And, of course, I want to know why.
Recently, I was at a conference at one of the largest churches in America: Church of the Highlands, in Birmingham, AL. To be honest, I didn’t even want to be at the conference. Read the rest of this entry