I just returned from a week in Florida at the Exponential Conference. I love this event! I get to connect with amazing people who serve the local church and in the churches we serve at Church Community Builder. There was one evening that stands out: I was relaxing with my team by the pool and we met a group of church planters who partnered with us a year ago. They shared incredible stories about their ministry in Los Angeles and how our systems are helping them make an impact in the city. I can tell you that we were all highly encouraged and motivated that night!
For me, this was a reminder about how wonderful it is to get out of the office. I need to do it more! Avoiding the office completely is a bit extreme, I’ll give you that. But, if I'm not careful, I find myself spending too much time in my office and not enough time in the "community" we serve at Church Community Builder.
Pastors: can you identify with this??
I constantly encourage our sales team to hit the road and get "face time" with churches. This is the best way for them to build relationships and truly understand the needs of the churches we serve. The same is true for your church staff. If you really want to grasp the needs in your community and how you can best serve them, you have to go hang out with people. You have to go have coffee with community leaders, participate in local networks, and interact with elected officials. To do otherwise isolates you from reality. Worse than that, you miss out on the impact opportunities your church could be making.
Advances in technology means you can be more mobile than ever before. You don’t have to be tethered to your desk for forty hours every week. With the right tools, you can be out visiting people and building relationships and have all the information you need right at your fingertips. It’s now possible to effectively lead a church without having to be on campus five or six days a week.
I dare you to get out of the church office and into the community. Grab an iPad and go meet some new faces. Get to know their names. Reconnect with primary building block of community: people. I guarantee you'll see and learn things you didn't know. You will also be inspired and renewed in your passion for your community.
God shows up when you get out of the office and start being intentional about engaging others in real community. Go for it!
Have you had a significant ministry experience occur when you got out of the office? Please share it in the comments below.