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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What happens when u dont have a meeting place any more. And u was forced out because the buliding wasnt available any more.
 
— Debra
 
If someone wants entertainment they're going to the wrong place. Church is not a place for entertainment...or in my opinion a barrage of coffee and donuts. Why are churches today bringing the world INTO them? Then there's the thing with children...age appropriate??? These little guys can pick stuff up in service. Besides Jesus said Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Mt. 19:14.
 
— Laurie
 
I love the intentionality here as well as the challenge to look at the data. That's missing so many times. I would like to offer a contrarian's take. Church members and regular attenders have so many ways to get information: Announcements, bulletins, social channels, relationships, and email being among the options. But brand new people are likely going to check out the website and that's it. It might be wiser for churches with limited time and resources to focus their website almost exclusively to guests. This group of people isn't looking for a calendar of events but wants to know about regular programs. They probably aren't interested in watching all of the messages but instead may want to preview one of the services. For the times we need church members to go to websites (sign up for camp, join a group, etc), we're probably better off designing and promoting a specific page rather than cluttering up the homepage.
 
— Michael Lukaszewski (@mlukaszewski)
 

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