Closing the Back Door

One of the most critical keys to doing church as a team is to build an ever-increasing core of servant-leaders. No pastor was designed to do church alone.

Imagine that I hold out before you a one-square-inch piece of cardboard, and on it I slowly empty a bucket of white Closing the Back Door - Mentoring Leaderssand. As the grains accumulate, a small pyramid of sand forms. Soon it will overflow the edges of the cardboard and cascade onto the floor. Now, what will happen if I pour a second bucket of sand onto the cardboard? Will it hold any more? Obviously not! And what if I empty a third bucket of sand onto it? It still refuses to hold any more. (But the floor is certainly a mess.) What do we have to do to hold more sand? We have to increase the base.

The leadership in any church can be likened to that piece of cardboard. The larger the base, the more “sand” it can hold. If your leadership base is small, it doesn’t matter how much sand you pour, it will be impossible for you to hold any more sand until you increase the size of the base!

That’s the secret to what many churches call “closing the back door.” Some church leaders feel as if their doors are turnstiles through which people come in but never stay. Visitors can’t seem to become part of the life of the church, so they leave. Increasing the leadership base by building a solid core of willing servants is primary to a church’s foundation for the future.

The above is an excerpt from Pastor Wayne Cordeiro’s book, Doing Church as a Team. Throughout February, we’ll be exploring the Biblical mandate for teamwork – and how we as leaders can build thriving teams. 

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