“Grow Leader Overview” by Chris Hodges #GrowLeader22

In Birmingham, Alabama, The Church of the Highlands hosted their 13th GrowLeader Conference.

Every pastor needs a pastor.

Chris Hodges grew up in church. At age 7 got baptized. That day he met the church. but it wasn’t until he was 15 that he met Jesus. Able to get things done and knew music but not a great communicator. Eventually wanted to be the best #2 person in a church but not the lead pastor.

In 2000, God supernaturally called him to plant a church. No money, no training, no people and a new city. Started looking for people to mentor him and teach him church planting models. Realized he couldn’t grow a church on his personality or his speaking skills. Ran out of speaking material after 3 months! Started preaching Rick Warren messages.

Instead discovered systems that are transferable. Started implementing other people’s strategies.

The E-Myth – a great product does not guarantee a great success.
“a framework for developing turn-key systems throughout an organization to produce predictable results and grow in a sustainable way.”

“Imitation beats innovation every time.” – Rick Warren

If we have it, you can have it! Just make the Church grow!


What We Believe

1. We believe God wants your church to grow!

The first thing God says is “Be fruitful and multiply.” (Genesis 1:28)

We count what matters most to us, so we count people!

God wants us to be faithful and fruitful!

2. My growth responsibility is different from yours.

We will be held accountable for fulfilling God’s calling for my life.

See the Parable of the Talents.

3. All of us can grow.

“We need to go from a goal mindset to a growth mindset.” – John Maxwell

Keep learning! Never stop learning!

We can make excuses or we can make progress, but we can’t make both.

We need to remember our Why?

“If you don’t know where you are going, it really doesn’t matter which way you go.” – Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland.

“In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece, where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where it became an institution. Next, it moved to Europe, where it became a culture. And, finally, it moved to America, where it became an enterprise.”

– Dr. Richard Halvorsen, former Chaplain of the United States Senate

The 4 Callings of the People of God:

  • Lost people saved. (evangelism)
  • Saved people pastored. (healing)
  • Pastored people trained. (discipleship)
  • Trained people mobilized. (on mission)

The Great Commission from The Old Testament:

“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. – Exodus 6:6-7

From the Jewish Sader Meal, they took 4 cups (not just one cup).

The Cup of Sanctification – “I will bring you out….” (salvation)
The Cup of Deliverance – “I will free you….” (healed by “working through your issues”)
The Cup of Redemption – “I will redeem you….” (discovering your purpose)
The Cup of Praise. – “I will you take you….” (fulfilled life doing what God has called me to do)

“He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.”- Colossians 1:28-29

“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” – Ephesians 1:16-18

1. Know God.
We need to make evangelism a priority!
“For the Song of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” – Luke 19:10
Jesus was distracted by the lost!
Create services that lost people love to attend.
Create Christians who know how to share their faith.

2. Find Freedom.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” – James 5:16
Real life change happens in the context of relationships.
We go to God for forgiveness, and we go to God’s people for healing.
Teach our people how to take what they’re already doing and turn it into ministry. Everybody is in a group. The group is just not ours.

3. Discover Purpose.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” – Romans 12:6
80% of the Church does not know their spiritual gifts.
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” – Ephesians 4:11-12
Instead of the pastors ministering and the people leading, let the pastors
The best way to pastor someone is to help them find their ministry calling. Because now they have something bigger than their problems.

4. Make a Difference.
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples…. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” – John 15:8, 11
God has already hard-wired every person to live a life of transcendance.
Build ministry around the gifts, passions and dreams of our people.

The goal is not to keep the young pastors from sinning and the old pastors from quitting.

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 1:10-11

Your calling has a competitor. The temporal will tempt us.

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