Andy Stanley on Momentum

I had a chance to go to a video conference today where we watched videos from Catalyst on Momentum with Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel.  Here are the notes from one of the sessions if you’re interested.

Andy Stanley –

  • When we lack momentum, we should be even more willing to achieve Biblical goals than a business is in achieving financial goals.
  • It seems that for Andy Stanley; momentum = numerical growth.  Does it?
  • Andy seems to advocating change for the sake of change in his product discussion
I. Three components of sustained momentum
A. New
– New triggers momentum
– New generates momentum
– New creates positive or negative momentum
– Negative event can create negative momentum
– Negative event can create positive momentum
– Positive event can create positive momentum
– Organizational momentum is often created by new leadership, new direction, or new product.
– When you’re looking for momentum, which do you need?
– Momentum is never triggered by tweaking something old.
– Momentum is triggered by introducing something new.
– Established organizations will tend to tweak something old.
– New does not guarantee sustained momentum.

B. Improved
– The new has to be NOTICABLE improvement over the old.
– When evaluating new options, ask “Is this a SIGNIFICANT improvement over what we had before?”

C. Improving
– Momentum is sustained through continuous improvement.
– Continuous improvement requires systematic evaluation.
– Continuous improvement requires unfiltered evaluation.
– Continuous improvement requires that nothing and nobody be off limits.
– Never forget that everything you do is being evaluated every week by the attenders.

II. Applying the New, Improved, Improving to the World of Ministry
A.  New personnel – If someone isn’t worried about momentum, you may have the wrong person
B.  New programming – Don’t just reheat the old
C.  New season- Use the seasons to change momentum
D.  New series of lessons
E.  New look
F.  New venues

– Look for ways to upgrade your presentations.  (Same stories, new tools)
– Visit other organizations.
– Attend other churches

III. Momentum Stoppers
A. Disengaged leader
B. Overactive management
Momentum requires friction. Anything that reduces friction reduces momentum.
C. Complacency
D. Complexity
E. A breach of trust