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4 minute Video version: I proposed a definition for personal success. What about church success? I asked our staff, elders, and governing board, “What does success look like for our church?” A popular model of church success involves the ABCs – attendance, buildings, and cash. While not overlooking these, our church leadership teams gave much better, more thoughtful answers. Here’s what they said. Success is . . . • Looking like Jesus’ followers; others recognizing us as Christ followers. • Strengthening our relationships with God and

3½ minute Video version: I recall as a young leader setting high expectations on myself for success. I wanted to succeed, but the results I sought to achieve were often unrealistic and even fanciful. I wanted to be successful, but I was driven by the outward accomplishments of others and restricted by my own internal critic. I didn’t know what success actually looked like. Soon I crafted a definition of success that guided my thought process. It took some pressure off myself. I gave

3 minute Video version: A friend once thoughtfully asked me, “Are you and I preoccupied with Christ’s second coming?” Even an elemental “statement of faith” includes it: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. Our own Statement reads: “The Second Coming of Jesus Christ, our Lord and King (Revelation 19:16), is imminent (Hebrews 10:37, Revelation 22:20) and will be sudden (1 Corinthians 15:52), personal, and visible (Acts 1:11; Matthew 26:64). This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital