Wednesday, August 23, 2006

MOMENTUM - How does it happen?

Momentum is a big buzz word right now. There is a lot of talk about having it, needing it, wanting it and enjoying momentum's ride. Almost every day I see the word pop up in my bloglines.

Seeing all of this talk about momentum has caused a lot of questions. What is meant by it? How do you get it? How do you maintain it? What lies on the other side of it? What is the result of it?

I've been thinking about this post for a long time and have been watching StonePoint and other churches and have come to some of the following conclusions.

In a nutshell it looks like this:
Discomfort --> Fed by Vision -->Ignited by Anticipation -->Led by Change = Momentum

Momentum is born out of a healthy discomfort. Bill Hybels calls it a holy discontent. People at StonePoint have discomfort for where they're at or where they've been. Momentum is born out of a discomfort of where you are and a knowledge of what could be.

Momentum is fed by vision. It takes more than a solution. Solutions may meet a temporary need. Vision is what constantly supplies the fuel of going from where you are to where God wants you to be.

Momentum is ignited by anticipation. I really believe anticipation is what ignites momentum. It is the first spark that moves someone from where they are to where they need to be. It is a transfer from knowledge to desire. It is no longer a matter of knowing, but desiring something greater. A desire for God to do something greater and anticipating Him to do it.
I really think we as Pastors/Planters need to harnass the anticipation. If we want people to experience momentum we must do better at creating anticipation of something greater. I first noticed this when we were doing monthly services. After the second monthly service we began to hear people say, "When are we going to meet weekly?" They had an anticipation of needing more. We fed it by giving them little by little.
In many respects anticipation is bigger than momentum. You can't experience momentum without anticipation. Instead of adding ministries, we're going to build an anticipation of those ministries. We want people to anticipate the excitement of the ministry that is coming. We talk of how its going to be awesome when we do it. We give them ideas and paint a picture of how its going to impact them. We pretty much ignore the question of when will it happen and talk about the result of it happening.
Momentum is led by change. You can't have momentum without some change. The status quo never causes momentum. It's not just change for the sake of change there has to be a significant change in the life of people. It has to fulfill and line up with the vision. If there is a change that doesn't match the vision people question either the vision or the change that took place. When they do that, you've failed to have momentum. All you had was some sort of change.

Momentum is recycled not sustained. Momentum is like a ride, it will come to an end. Its bound by the laws of physics. People will become comfortable with the familiar. An environment of momentum involves the unfamiliar. Which leads back to creating some sort of discomfort. If your people are comfortable you won't have momentum. You have to create some sort of discomfort and start the process all over.


At 2:33 PM, Blogger Tadd Grandstaff said...

Scott great post bro! Keep the big MO rolling!

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Chris Elrod said...

A great post about the "Big Mo"! I'm going to link it off my blog for recommended reading. Thanks for putting such thought and time into it!

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Markus Watson said...

Great article! I just listened to your podcast on Church Leader Insights and had to come over and read what you wrote. I especially appreciate what you said about recycling momentum rather than sustaining it.


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