6 ways to create a winning environment

6 Ways to Create a Winning Environment

I recently found my notebook from the GROW Conference a few years ago in Birmingham Alabama.  It was a great conference and I would suggest that you attend sometime if you are able. While the overall message was geared toward the pastor of a smaller church or church plant, the principals can apply to a church of any size, as well as individual ministries.

In my case I try to figure a way to apply what I learned within kids ministry.


The following were some notes that I made during a session on creating a winning environment.


1.  Create a positive culture 

  • it is better to do many things wrong in the right culture rather than the right thing in the wrong culture
  • Growing churches (and kids ministries) empower leadership
  • Believe in people
  • it is ok for people to challenge the process, but not the vision
  • create an atmosphere of encouragement


2.  Create a gifts oriented ministry

  • do away with the volunteer mentality
  • have a process to help people discover their gifts
  • equipping people is the main function of a staff (or leadership)
  • concentrate on building teams, not building ministry


3.  Create an atmosphere of passionate spirituality

  •  lead by example
  • you can’t delegate passion
  • leaders lead in front
  • Ask yourself if it would be ok for your entire church (or ministry) to do what you do and act how you act.  Remember–people are watching you
  • celebrate changed lives


4.  Create functional systems and structures

  • have clear vision and values, and be able to express and share them
  • be able to define success
  • have a solid form of government an functional practices
  • create systems that help deliver the vision

5.  Create an inspiring worship experience 

  • a survey claims that people say fun is the number one quality of an inspiring worship service
  • it is ok to laugh
  • create comfort by focusing on excellence
  • excellence creates comfort—-comfort brings people back


 6.  Create loving relationships

  • make yourself and your team available to people
  • follow the 30/30 rule—be available 30 minutes before and after each service
  • return communication within 24hrs
  • tell stories

How about you? How do you create a winning environment?

By having the right people, the right systems and the right culture.   


What does a winning environment look like to you?  What do you think of the list? Anything you would add?


About the Author

Ron is happily married to his best friend, and dad to the best daughter you could imagine. As a teacher and children's pastor, he has over 20 years experience of teaching, leading, writing, creating and consulting. He has written for churches, contributed to several collaborative publications, and written a #1 Best Selling Devotional, Got Fruit? on Amazon. His blog is consistantly listed in the Top 40 Children's Ministry Blogs and Websites. Don't hesitate to ask if you think he could help you and your ministry in any way.

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