Simplify and Strategize

2013 The Nines Conference


In this 3-minute session from the 2013 The Nines Conference by Leadership Network, Warren Bird sits down with pastor Bryan Carter and former pastor Lee Powell to talk about what has not worked well at their church and how they handled it. Warren Bird is Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Support for Leadership Network and the author or co-author of 28 books including God Dreams and The Emotionally Healthy Church. Bryan Carter is Senior Pastor of Concord Church in Dallas, Texas. Lee Powell is a consultant with Auxano, volunteer staff member for Leadership Network, and the author of Contrarian Church Leadership. 


Which of their points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you?
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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Bryan and his team have discovered the joy of simplifying their church’s calendar to focus more on discipleship than events. Lee shared what he and his staff learned when a new service with a different style did not work. Consider ways you may need to simplify or re-strategize at your church. 


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