Moving Out of Maintenance Mode

Episode #163
September 29, 2015
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Podcast Episode #163

On Friday’s podcast episode, we discussed signs that you are leading or pastoring in maintenance mode. Today, we give seven ways to overcome and to break out of maintenance mode. Finally, don’t miss the discussion about the 180 Test.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • There are a lot of pastors and staff who are in maintenance mode and want to break out.
  • The most powerful thing you can do to break out of maintenance mode is to pray.
  • If you are outwardly focused in your leadership of the church, the congregation will likely follow.
  • You have to be intentional about developing a mentorship that is outwardly focused.
  • Show me an evangelistic church, and I’ll show you an evangelistic pastor.
  • A church will drift inwardly until there is intentionality to move outwardly.
  • Take the 180 Test: Commit to do outwardly-focused ministry for at least three hours a week for a month.

The seven ways to move out of maintenance mode are:

  1. Pray about it
  2. Be truthful
  3. Seek allies
  4. Develop a mentorship
  5. Be an example
  6. Be repetitive
  7. Take the 180 Test

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