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October 27, 2016

Are We On the Same Page?

By Daniel Im

Every month, Plus Members get video enhanced training from Ministry Grid on topics like leadership, ministry systems, residencies, multiplication, church planting, and multisite. In this training video, Will Mancini, Founder and Team Leader of Auxano and author of God Dreams and Church Unique, discusses how directors and pastors can contextualize the macro mission of their church for their respective ministries.

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Are We On the Same Page?   

We’ve all heard or uttered the following question, “Are we are on the same page?” While the application of this question can be applied in several ways and in several contexts, the intention behind it is to make sure there’s agreement and understanding between two or more parties for a specific mission.

Take for example college football. When I watch college football I can definitely tell when the offense isn’t on the same page. Maybe the lineman forgot the snap count, maybe the receiver forgot the route, maybe the halfback misheard the play call, or the fullback forgot to pick up the blitz. As a result, the play (the mission) breaks down.

Being on different pages hurts the overall effectiveness and advancement of mission—regardless of whether or not it is a sports team, organization, business, or church. And according to Will Mancini, many churches find that their ministries aren’t on the same page with their overall mission. In fact, in a recent training video Will asserts that many churches experience “sideways energy” where ministries are moving in the opposite directions. Ministries move in the opposite directions of each other when they function more as silos, unhealthily competing with each other for dates, priority, and volunteers.

Over the past fifteen years, Will has worked with a host of churches and leaders to help them enact their God-given mission and vision in a way where all the ministries are on the same page moving in the same direction. To help show the relationship between the mission and vision of the church and each ministry within the church, Will explains that the church has “one mission” but “many purposes.” “Many purposes” are the various ministries of the church.

To align each ministry of the church with the global mission statement, Will offers two techniques or exercises.

First, the ministries of the church could have a Direct Connection to the global mission statement of the church. For instance, a church that Will works with has the following mission statement, “Leading unchurched people to be fully devoted followers of Christ.” For the student ministry to directly connect to this mission statement, their “purpose” could be stated as, “Leading unchurched students to be fully devoted followers of Christ.”

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  • Being on different pages hurts the overall effectiveness and advancement of mission.
  • Many churches experience “sideways energy” where ministries move in the opposite directions. @willmancini
  • Churches have one mission, but many purposes.@willmancini
  • If ministries aren’t on the same page they will find themselves moving in opposite directions & unintentionally competing w/themselves.
  • Unity is a power source by which God works to shape His people in the image of Christ & send them out for His mission.


Daniel Im

Daniel Im (@danielsangi) is the Director of Church Multiplication for NewChurches.com at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville. He is the author of No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry, and co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd ed) with Ed Stetzer. He also co-hosts the New Churches Q&A Podcast, the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast, and a brand new podcast with his wife on marriage and parenting called the IMbetween Podcast. He has an M.A. in Global Leadership and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. Visit Danielim.com to learn more.


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