Albert Winseman, of the Gallup organization, wrote an amazing, must read book for all church leaders, Growing and Engaged Church: How to Stop “Doing Church” and How to Start Being the Church Again. This book is not only based on experience, but is based on Gallup research, which is very respected throughout the world. In this paradigm shifting book, Winseman wrote the following “Faith Myths” that have changed the way I view leadership in the church and has challenged me to be a different type of minister.
Myth #1: Believing leads to belonging. The reality, according to Gallup analysis, is that belonging is far more likely to lead to believing.
Myth #2: An active member is a faithful member. Gallup research has discovered that activity that is not the result of engagement leads to burnout. Engaged members often don’t realize how much service they contribute to their congregations, because they don’t think of serving as a duty or responsibility; they most frequently describe it as a joy.
Myth #3: Personal faith leads to public action. Individuals who are highly spiritually committed do serve more, invite more, and give more than do individuals who have a low level of spiritual commitment. But Gallup research has revealed that the factor with the greatest influence on these outcomes is engagement. (pgs. 43-46)
How does understanding these faith myths make you shift the way you minister in the church? Please share your comments below.