Momentum is one of those leadership words that can mean different things to different people. In my mind, momentum is when you experience visible progress towards a desired outcome.
In 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell says, “Momentum makes leaders look better than they are.” I would add that a lack of momentum can make leaders look worse than they are.
Covid was a massive momentum killer. The inability to meet as a people cut across the heart of church life. God has always been after a people. While online church was better than nothing, it reinforced a commercialist, passive, individualistic approach to being a follower of Jesus. Gathering together regularly reminds us that God intends us to be connected to one another - corporate, family members and disciples.
Maxwell goes on to say that, “when you have no momentum, even the simplest tasks can seem to be insurmountable problems. But when you have momentum on your side, the future looks bright, obstacles appear small, and trouble seems temporary.” These last few years have been demanding for many church leaders. However, I am hopeful that things are starting to change. If you were able to join us at our recent week of prayer, you would have sensed a growing momentum in God. Our Sunday meetings have been filling up and there are many new people around, as well as old members returning for the first time since Covid. I am excited and full of faith that the Church continues to recover from these last few difficult years. Praise God.