Is It Ok for a Church Leader to be Excited About Their Church?

One of the things that a few church leaders have questioned me about recently is my repetitiveness in regards to saying “the best is yet to come,” or that the next Sunday or event is going to be “the best ever!”

Honestly, I’m glad people have talked with me about it because it has allowed me to reflect on why I am always saying those things.  There are several reasons…

#1 – Enthusiasm and the belief that things were going to get better is one of THE MAJOR things that pulled me out of my depression!  From 2008 – 2011 I was in the darkest period of my life and yet nearly every single day I woke up thinking and believing that “this is the day that I could get better, this is the day that I could break out of this!”  If I had began to believe that I needed to just accept the way things were then it is highly likely that I would not be here today!!!  Optimism is a powerful weapon against depression!

#2 – Some have asked me if what I am doing is “hype?”  My response is that it is only hype if you don’t believe it!!!  At the end of the day I am smoking what I’m selling.  I really do believe that the best series is going to be “the best ever!”  I really do believe that the next conference is going to be “the best ever.”  And, what I’ve noticed is that belief has impacted my staff in a positive way.  Staff members would much rather follow leadership who has way more dreams for the future than memories of the past.

#3 – I believe that if I do not believe in greater things then I will not put forth a greater effort.  I believe one of the reasons that churches grow cold, apathetic and hit a wall is because leaders all too often choose to be lazy and fall in love with personal comfort instead of progress…because progress always has a price.  Followers of JESUS should NEVER just accept status quo!!!  (The leader who always says “that’s just the way things are” is basically saying, “I’m too lazy or fearful to actually solve that problem!”)

If you are a church leader don’t you EVER apologize for being excited about your church.  Don’t ever apologize because you have big dreams of seeing people rescued from darkness and brought into light.  Don’t you EVER apologize for having a vision so huge that you know you can only get there if God gets involved.  Don’t you EVER allow those who have no enthusiasm make you feel bad for your excitement and belief that greater things are coming.

Contrary to beliefs on the internet it is NOT A SIN for a church leader to be excited, hopeful and positive about their church and/or ministry.  (In fact, I would actually argue that it’s a sin for a leader to NOT be excited about it!)

Church leaders, my prayer for all of us is that 2013 would be THE BEST YEAR EVER for THE CHURCH!  I honestly believe that the church has more potential for a worldwide revival than it EVER HAS.  AND…Jesus (who is always true to His Word) said in Matthew 16:18 that HE will build HIS church!!!  That is a promise!!!

SO…let’s dream big, let’s be excited about it…and let’s believe that God has way more in store!!!

WOO-HOO…I’m pumped about THIS SUNDAY at NewSpring Church, it’s going to be THE BEST EVER!!!

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Perry Noble

Perry Noble

Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 16,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. Perry is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible. God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. Perry, his wife Lucretia and their daughter, Charisse, live in Anderson, South Carolina. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership here on the site. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.

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In this era, we have the opportunity of professional church staff today who utilize their gifting to shape the image and atmosphere of the church organization. But the 100% real impact on the church visitors is genuine evidence of changed lives by the gospel and the active growing discipleship (just as it was in the first century church). One demonstration is financially rich believers ministering equally together with poor believers (how odd, and incredibly miraculous; all humble and bow at the foot of the cross.). It is the awesome contrast of church members vocations, race, gender, age, maturity, gifting, humility that demonstrates to visitors "there is a Spirit in the place". That first-time guest list of 10 are "physical excuses", not spiritual excuses. Those don't tell the story. The condition of facilities and publicly greeting people have zero to do with it. The power of God in and through believers lives dedicated to impact other people with their relationship bridge-building of acceptance of the lost around them. Empowered believers are infectious, loving, helpful, giving, self-less, dynamic, compelling, bold, Christ-filled. As I have been in many church settings domestically and internationally, the facilities can be poor, and yet the fellowship can still be rich. We need to operate with first church humility. People come to Christ on His terms, not on our human abilities of hospitality. A huge catastrophe in a community, disaster relief brings lots of people into churches – many come to the church in those terrible conditions no matter the physical condition of the local church. Off the condition of facility, and onto the condition of God's people (living stones).... and everything else will grow.... and the other physical issues will be corrected by the staff.
 
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"While I understand the intent behind this phrase" Expound please. What do you understand to be the intent behind that phrase?
 
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Thank you for this article! I'm the pastor of a small church. My gifting is in teaching and we are known for aiding Christians in becoming Biblically literate. Visitor's often comment on God's presence being very real in our services. But we just don't seem to be growing. I have some soul-searching, etc. to do and this article provides some solid ground from which to proceed. Thank you again.
 
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