Church Leadership Lesson from Disney’s Up

My wife, Nicole, and went to see Disney’s Up in RealD 3D. It was a fantastic movie. I laughed, I cried and I connected with the characters. It was my first 3-D movie, as well, and it was very well done. The 3-D added to the experience and was not used gratuitously. Along with enjoying the entertainment, I felt a strong leadership lesson for the church.

The opening sequence of the movie provides a moving biography of one of the main characters. It brings context to the present and provides motivation for actions in the present.

The same is true for congregations.

Every existing congregation has a story that brings purpose and shape to current and future actions. This can happen both intentionally and unintentionally. If you are a leader in a church, you need to know its story.

Every congregation has a story.

Know it.

Live it.

Shape it closer to God’s dream.

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