I read this post and thought it was interesting, a bit confusing - except for the three points about
what you need to have "excellence." You can read the whole article here.
The fact is, we must be honest with ourselves and come to the understanding that
no church has it all together and is doing everything perfectly. If you think
your church has it all together and does not need any more improvement to make
its ministry better and more effective, send me an e-mail about it, because I
want to come visit!
Most churches have gotten to the point where the word “excellence” is a bad word to them. Actually, the word “excellence” means the quality of being first-class. I believe that in order to do anything with excellence, you must have three things.
First, you must have a vision. How can we do something if we don’t know what we want to do? Churches that are going to be world-class must have a clear vision of where they are going and what it is going to take to get there. Members of excellent churches don’t just show up on Sunday and say, “OK, here we are, let’s have church.” They have people in places that have responsibilities and those people show up and do their job without the pastor holding their hand, because they see the vision. If you fail to plan, then you can plan to fail.
Second, excellence requires something very few people have anymore — a burden. Churches that have a burden for something succeed in that area. If your church is burdened for unsaved people, then more than likely your church will have a great outreach ministry. Few people are burdened or broken anymore.
Last, excellence requires passion. A church of excellence is made up of people who are passionate about being in the presence of the King. They love their church, their pastor, their small group, everything about their church and they want to do God’s work more often than just on Sunday mornings.
If the only time you worship God is one hour on Sunday morning, then you are not passionate about God. He is just a convenience to you, not a priority.
Your burden will determine your passion and your passion will determine your purpose. If you are truly passionate about something, then you will give it your best. Jesus gave his best and if we are passionate about him, then we should give him our best, not what’s left over.
See, it’s not such a bad word. Excellent, the way church ministry should be!