UNITY

How silos can kill your organization – 8 Tips For Collaborative Leadership
by #ForbesMagazine

“Silo mentality is a mindset present when certain departments or sectors do not wish to share information with others in the same company. This type of mentality will reduce efficiency in the overall operation, reduce morale, and may contribute to the demise of a productive company culture. Silo is a business term that has been passed around and discussed in many boardrooms over the last 30 years. Unlike many other trendy management terms this is one issue that has not disappeared. Silos are seen as a growing pain for organizations of all sizes. Wherever it’s found, a silo mentality becomes synonymous with power struggles, lack of cooperation, and loss of productivity.”

Read more at … http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolkinseygoman/2014/02/13/8-tips-for-collaborative-leadership/

MULTIPLICATION & Multisite

Survey finds growth, vitality in multisite church model
by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service, 3/11/14

“Although megachurches (congregations with 2,000 or more weekly attendees) were pioneers of the multisite concept, churches with as few as 50 people and as many as 15,000 have tried this approach, said Warren Bird, director of research at Leadership Network, a Dallas-based church think tank…

“The Larger the Church, the More Campuses and Services it Has” graphic courtesy of 2014 Leadership NAmong the findis

  • By the end of 2013, the average church has grown 14 percent since it went multisite.
  • The vast majority (88 percent) report increased lay participation after having multiple locations.
  • It’s still a relatively new phenomenon: 60 percent had opted for the multisite model in the last five years.
  • Almost half (47 percent) have a location in a rural area or a small town.
  • One in three (37 percent) started being multisite through a merger of different congregations.”

For more read … http://www.religionnews.com/2014/03/11/survey-finds-growth-vitality-multisite-church-model/

MULTIPLICATION & Multisite

25 Important Discoveries about Multisite

by Warren Bird, Leadership Network, 3/11/14

A new report about the growing multisite movement is now available—the Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard, with subtitle Faster Growth, More New Believers and Greater Lay Participation.

Key discoveries in the report include:

1. An impressive 85% of surveyed multisite churches are growing—and at the strong rate of 14% per year.
2. Churches typically go multisite in the 1,000 size range, though almost half say they could have become multisite at a smaller size.
3. Campus viability starts at 75-350 people, depending on your model.
4. The typical multisite church is just 4 years into the process, and 57% plan to launch an additional campus in the next 12 months.
5. One in three (37%) multisite churches started a new campus as the result of a merger.
6. The vast majority (88%) of churches report that going multisite increased the role of lay participation.
7. The vast majority (87%) of campus pastors are found internally—trained and hired from within the church.
8. Multisite campuses grow far more than church plants, and likewise multisite campuses have a greater evangelistic impact than church plants.
9. Nearly half (48%) of multisite churches directly sponsor new churches.
10. The recommended distance between campuses is a travel time of 15-30 minutes.
11. In rating what campuses do well, spiritual growth and volunteering are near the top, and newer campuses do better at reaching the unchurched.

The full report elaborates on these 11 findings, plus many more, in this 36-page document based on the largest research project to date on multisite churches. It features both the results from a Leadership Network survey and also practical coaching from Generis on financial issues related to multisite.  Download it now for all 25+ discoveries.

MULTICULTURAL & The Church as a Mosaic – Exercises for Cultural Diversity

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The Church as a Mosaic: Exercises for Cultural Diversity, A Guest Post by Dr. Bob WhiteselThe Church as a Mosaic: Exercises for Cultural Diversity, A Guest Post by Dr. Bob Whitesel

Dr. Bob Whitesel explores what it would look like for the church to be variety of ethnicities and cultures. Dr. Bob Whitesel is a speaker, writer and professor on organic outreach, church management and church growth. He serves as Professor of Christian Ministry and Missional Leadership for Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. The following is an excerpt of a chapter from Whitesel’s new book The Healthy Church: Practical Ways to Strengthen a Church’s Heart where he thoroughly evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each model.  – Ed Stetzer, 2/10/14

A Church of Many Colors (and Multiple Cultures)

Culture

Though the term multiethnic church is often used today, researchers prefer the term “multicultural,” because culture is a more accurate way to describe people who share similar behaviors, ideas, fashion, literature, music, etc. Christian anthropologist Paul Hiebert defined culture as people who join together because of “shared patterns of behavior, ideas and products.”

  • Behaviors are the way we act,
  • Ideas are the way we think, and
  • Products are the things we create such as fashion, literature, music, etc.

Therefore, people of a culture can tell who is in their group and who is out of their group by the way they talk, the way they think and the way they act.

Ethnicity

Ethnicity is a type of culture, often based on biological connections to a geographic area of origin, such as Sri Lankans (from the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka), Yemenis (from the Republic of Yemen) or Chinese (from the People’s Republic of China). But the term ethnicity is very imprecise, because there may be dozens of different ethnic groups that hail from the same area of origin (and thus the term ethnicity is not without controversy ). For instance, China has 50+ recognized ethnic groups but they all originate from the same country. While all are Chinese, so too are all 50+ different cultures. Since ethnicity is so imprecise, culture is usually preferred.

Multicultural or Multiethnic Church?

So, what should we call a church that reaches multiple groups of people? And what should we call a neighborhood that has Guatemalan Hispanics, Mexican Hispanics, aging Lutherans and a growing base of young Anglo professional? The accurate answer is a multicultural neighborhood. And, such a mosaic of cultures should give rise to a multicultural church. Below are examples of groups that have been identified as justifiable cultures …

Read more at … http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2014/february/church-as-mosaic-exercises-for-cultural-diversity.html