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Every weekend hundreds of churches meet in rented movie theaters. Whether they are multisite campuses, church plants or established churches, movie theaters continue to be a great choice for churches that need a place to meet. Recently, we talked with 12 leading movie theater churches and today we’re sharing what we learned for the benefit of other church leaders considering meeting in a movie theater.
When you hear the word “villain,” you may think of movie bad guy, like a moustache twirling man tying a helpless damsel in distress to the train tracks.
More than likely, it does not bring a positive image to mind. For us, villains are bad guys who do bad things. But that’s not always been the case.
Few people have been in leadership as long or effectively as Sticky Church author and North Coast Senior Pastor Larry Osborne. In a wide-ranging conversation, Larry talks about why it took so long for North Coast to grow to a large church, how to close the back door at your church and how to truly align a team.
North Point Ministries was founded by Andy Stanley in 1995 and now has six churches in the Atlanta Area, including North Point Community Church (NPCC). Clay Scroggins, our most recent podcast guest, is the lead pastor and leads the staff of NPCC in its day-to-day operations. Each week, more than 30,000 people attend services at the North Point Ministries churches.
Statistically — and tragically — more than 1,700 pastors leave the ministry every month.One resource documenting this states, “Pastors are put on a treadmill. They go from the ministry to a hospital visit to writing a sermon to meeting with congregation members. They just keep running until there’s no passion or energy left. They become exhausted and depleted.”
Another week passes, and another painful story about a prominent pastor surfaces. The details vary, but I’ve noticed one common theme. It seems that the very traits that cause a man to rise to prominence invariably lead to his demise. The personality traits that allowed him to climb the mountain of ministry, and do so with relative success, often push him off the mountain on the other side.
Leaders think differently than non-leaders. Leaders perceive life differently, they process experiences differently, and clearly remain out in front of the pack.