Developing a Mission-Minded Congregation (Live Session From #OCCPT 2020 at Ozark Christian College) – Episode 58

Developing a Mission-Minded Congregation (Live Session From #OCCPT 2020 at Ozark Christian College) – Episode 58


Earlier this year, Austin and I had the opportunity to lead a one-day event and a couple workshops at the Preaching & Teaching Convention at Ozark Christian College. In the workshop I led about “Developing a Mission-Minded Congregation,” I had some great back-and-forth with the pastors in attendance.

So this week, we wanted to share the live audio from that session, including part of the teaching from our one-day conferences, along with some Q&A.

I went down a lot of roads I don’t usually talk about in workshops I lead. We discussed leading change without offending people (which as you may know, isn’t actually possible), how you should track vision, signs your church might not actually want to reach your community, why many leaders struggle to cast vision, and a whole lot more. Plus, Austin and I spend a little time upfront sharing why we’re thankful as we close out 2020.

Excited to hear what you think of this type of episode on the podcast!

Screen Shot 2019-07-30 at 2.42.59 PMApple-95Network-Podcastspotify-95-podcast 

Key Takeaways

1) Too often I see pastors say if a church isn’t growing, it’s cause we’re not praying or preaching hard enough. That’s not true.

2) You are God’s finest. You’re not less than.

3) We complicate mission and vision too often. Mission is why we exist and vision is what it looks like in the future.

4) When tension comes, we can’t compromise just to create “peace.” Change is hard, but it’s necessary to lead a church into the future.

5) Too often, instead of considering what the people we want to reach value, we only consider what we want them to value. Strategy starts with actually knowing the people you want to reach.

Links to Resources Mentioned or Related

Subscribe (and Leave a Review!)

Be sure to subscribe to The 95 Podcast on whatever platform you prefer! You can also keep up with the latest podcasts, articles, and resources by using the form below:

Your rating also helps more pastors of small and mid-size churches find this resource, especially on Apple Podcasts. Would you take a moment to share your thoughts? Just open the podcast on Apple Podcasts on your phone or computer and share your thoughts. We really appreciate it!

Support the Podcast

The 95 Podcast is a ministry of 95Network. As a nonprofit, we rely on the support of those who believe in our mission to resource small and mid-size churches and support pastors. If you have been impacted by this podcast or our ministry, would you consider supporting us?

Share Your Thoughts on Social Media

Let’s keep the conversation going! We use #smallchurches on Twitter, and you can keep up with the latest by following us on Twitter (@95Network)Facebook, or Instagram.


Post & Podcast Categories

Posts & Podcasts by Month