Newtonian Physics tells us there are 3 laws of motion. So I wondered how these laws might apply to our churches and ministry teams.
Once moving at a steady speed, in a straight line, it will continue moving at a steady speed in a straight line.
In other words, objects in motion tend to stay in motion. The natural default position for most people and teams is to be “at rest.” It takes energy, effort, desire and motivation to push forward and overcome inertia.
But once a church staff or ministry team begins to see the results of their collaboration and learning reflected in the fruit of their ministry, they will continue moving with steady speed forward.
Vision is key. Vision brings momentum. Vision creates energy. Vision harnesses resources. Vision creates a “straight line.”
It’s when vision is weak, fuzzy, or teams get distracted from the vision that pull begins. The “straight line” movement begins to wobble.
Once standing still, it will stay still.
Following up on results and building off of momentum are key to continue moving forward. Churches and ministry teams should prayerfully and wisely continue building and moving forward or the tyranny of the urgent that is so common will tend to grind things to a halt. Having a clear vision, strategy, and defined values can help prevent this.
Learning is key. Leaders must be learners.
Churches and ministry teams that are constantly learning and applying what they have learned can keep forward movement. An intentionality is necessary. In one sense, Learning is and should be happening all the time. The intentionality of capturing, collecting, and acting on that learning is what is valuable in keeping forward movement.
Second, learning that addresses a specific or immediate need can help church teams push through difficult or complex situations.
It’s the intentionality to learn and grow that will help to prevent becoming a church “at rest.”
It accelerates in the direction that you push it.
If you push in the wrong direction to start, it is going to be difficult to stop and start in a new direction.
Clarify direction and your destination.
Once you start rolling down hill you are going to gain speed…and if you have to jump off and walk back up the hill that is going to take a lot of time, energy, effort, and waste.
Focus on achieving the vision and putting energy towards the the vision and your ministry team will accelerate in that direction. Once headed in that direction it will produce results and bear fruit. This is why God given vision is so important. Churches that focus on God-given vision and strategy will accelerate in that direction…the right direction.
If you push twice as hard, it accelerates twice as much
The more a church or ministry teams focus on their vision and Great Commandment disciple making the greater the impact will be.
Church teams need not just a clear vision….they need to have a burden for it. A burden for the vision will create “push.”
If it gets twice the mass it accelerates half as much
Focus on the wrong stuff and you slow down. Keep Kingdom priorities. The “mass” of added staff, added ministries, added initiatives, added meeting, etc., all slow down acceleration.
Don’t add what you don’t need.
For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:1