I recently just finished Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results by Lovett H. Weems, Jr. and Tom Berlin. Along with other members of the senior staff, I read this in preparation for our semi-annual retreat today. I have been considering what it fruitful and effective ministry is like, especially in response to Kevin Watson’s post, Further Thoughts on Measuring Effective Ministry. I appreciated many of the principles put forth in this book. Here is a brief summary:
- Fruitfulness is part of the character of God and the story told throughout scripture.
- There is a clear difference between business and fruitfulness.
- Always be clear about why you are doing anything in the life of the church, i.e. We have worship each week, so that…
- Alignment between God’s vision and the vision of the leadership is essential for fruitfulness.
- Capturing a creation story for an existing congregation can catalyze fruitfulness.
- The entirety of God sized visions aren’t always revealed at the outset.
- Fruitfulness is enhanced by the governing board, church staff and the congregation being on the same page about vision
- As a church leader, paying attention to how you care for yourself is of utmost importance.
- God gives the growth
Perhaps most helpful, I found a clear way to consider fruitful leadership:
“Fruitful leaders care about results because results are ways to go beyond merely filling a pastoral role to active participation in seeking results that we are convinced emerge from the gospel we preach.” (xvi, Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results)