As the Executive Director of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL), and as the DOM of five associations since 1993, I care deeply about the effectiveness and relevance of our associations. Therefore, I am going to be writing primarily to Associational Leaders and for Associational Leaders – as well as to other readers who are interested in helping associations be more effective and relevant.
I hope this blog will be a resource and an ongoing discussion of how to make a difference as Associational Leaders.
- Do things with excellence – as much as possible, make your meetings on a par with the quality of the large or mega church in your association.
- Ask these churches to host a meeting periodically – an Annual Meeting, Workshop, Conference, etc., so they feel a part of the association.
- Get their input/buy-in ahead of time to make the conference as appealing as possible to the host church pastor, staff, and laity.
- Ask the host church to provide the music and refreshments/meal, and the pastor to bring greetings, say a prayer, or teach/preach, as appropriate.
- The pastor/staff want what time they do give to the association to make a difference helping smaller churches and impacting the community.
- Schedule team meetings in conjunction with a Pastor’s Conference or other appealing event so pastors/staff can kill two birds with one trip on one day.
- Appreciate whatever funds they send and whatever time they give.
What other ways would you suggest?
To the praise of His glory,
Quotable Quote: In all your relationships, it is not about you being right, it’s about God being glorified.