Leading a Culture of Radical Encouragement

by | Apr 22, 2024 | Church Health, Church Leadership, Church Planting | 3 comments

The Power of Encouragement

Encouragement isn’t just a nice gesture; it’s absolutely critical when you’re starting a church. It charges up your volunteers, fires up enthusiasm, and keeps everyone pushing forward when things get tough. When the people leading the charge make a point to really pump up their teams, they’re not just keeping the wheels on; they’re hitting the gas pedal on the whole operation.


The Practical Need for Encouragement


The Bible tells us to “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). That’s not just good advice; it’s a game-changer, especially when you’re launching a new church. Starting from scratch means you’ll run into plenty of doubters and obstacles—so pumping up your team isn’t just helpful; it’s critical. It’s the fuel that keeps everyone going strong and staying focused on the mission.


Building a Culture of Big-Time Encouragement


Establishing an environment of radical encouragement doesn’t happen by accident. Here’s how to make it happen in your church plant or existing church:


1. Lead by Example

Everything starts with leadership. If you’re upfront, giving props, celebrating the wins, and shouting out the hard work, your team will catch on. They’ll start doing the same, and soon, it’ll be part of your church’s DNA.


2. Keep It Real

People can spot fake a mile away. Make sure your encouragement is heartfelt. Point out the specifics of someone’s effort, not just the outcome. Show appreciation for all the behind-the-scenes stuff, not just the stuff everyone sees.


3. Go Public and Personal

Sure, giving someone a high-five in front of the crowd is great, but don’t forget the power of a quiet word or a personal note. Those little moments can mean the world to someone and can turn them from being half-hearted into a long-term commitment and “all-in”.


4. Train Your Team

Don’t just expect your team to know how to encourage others. Show them how. Run workshops that teach them the ins and outs of giving a boost, from the words they use to the timing that hits just right.


5. Embed Encouragement Everywhere

Make sure your church’s everyday operations breathe encouragement. Mention achievements in your announcements, celebrate them on social media, and include shout-outs in your newsletters. Make it a part of what your church is all about.


6. Create a Feedback-Friendly Zone

Encouragement should spark better performance and feedback. Set up a system where positive vibes lead to practical improvements and help propel your church forward.


Kickstart Your Culture of Encouragement


Stepping up the encouragement can be the turbo boost your church plant needs. It strengthens every part of your ministry and creates a community that’s all about lifting each other up.

Start now—give someone a genuine compliment and watch the ripple effects. Make encouragement a core part of your daily routine, and watch as your church doesn’t just grow but thrives.

Let’s turn our churches into powerhouses of positivity, where every interaction is a chance to boost someone up and reinforce our collective mission in Christ’s love.

Embrace this, and you’ll not just build a church—you’ll start a movement.


Read more blog posts by Jeff Hoglen, D.Min.

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