I’ve been blogging off and on now for about 10 years. And while I feel like my writing has steadily improved during that time, one element seems to remain elusive: finding my – super true, the real me, no holds barred – voice.
Maybe I’m overthinking it. Maybe you guys feel like you know me. In fact that would be great. But if I’m being honest with myself, I know it’s a constant struggle on my end to totally let the old guard down. This is incredibly ironic because in real life I am an open book holding nothing back. Anyone who really knows me knows that to be true. As a reader, that’s one thing you probably didn’t know about me. But now you do and that’s a good place to start.
So far in 2015 there has been a lot of talk about the fact that church attendance is changing. This isn’t specifically about the decline of the church overall, but more focused on the fact that even ‘committed’ church members are attending less frequently.
For most pastors this isn’t really a revelation – we’ve been feeling or sensing this for quite some time. In fact we’ve been talking about it anecdotally for the last year or more. But now some various surveys and research have brought the specifics of the issue into sharp focus. The numbers vary but in general we’re hearing that the average ‘committed’ church member is showing up on campus an average of about 3 times per month. And just last week I heard David Kinnaman from Barna say that the average church goer considers themselves a regular attender if they show up just once every 6 weeks. Wow.
A few weeks ago we brought a new member into the Clement family. Harley is a four month old St. Bernard – Golden Retriever mix. He already weighs 32 lbs and is destined to be a BIG BOY.
We’ve had dogs forever, but always inherited them when they were a bit older, so having a puppy is a new thing for us and it’s been awesome. The most fascinating part for me is what he has been teaching me about leadership and communication. Every day it seems there is a new ‘aha’ moment as I connect the dots to what we as communicators and leaders should be doing.
The last couple of years have been amazing here at Big Picture Media Group. We’ve had so many great opportunities to be creative from tv spots, to short films, to music videos – the list goes on and on.
And running throughout all of that is the chance to work with some amazing churches all over North America, helping them form and communicate their vision, improve communication and make a bigger and deeper impact on their communities and our world at large. I’m honored and humbled every time we get to do this. It never gets old.
It’s that time of year when many church leaders find themselves suffering from BIG EVENT fatigue. We’ve barely torn down the Christmas set and Easter is coming at us like a runaway train. And if you’re like some of the guys I’ve talked to this past month, you often find yourself wondering out loud if it’s worth all of the time, effort and money that it takes to put these events on. This is a great question!
Unfortunately, it’s also a question that most church leaders hardly ever ask. The reality is that 90+% of all churches that put on big events have no idea whether their events are truly successful or not. They have ‘feelings’ about it one way or the other, but when you press them for specifics, they really don’t know anything for sure. With huge amounts of time, talent and treasure being invested, not knowing is unacceptable. Here are 4 things you must do to have big event success: