Larry Osborn on the “Sticky Church”

I've been at North Coast Church today, and will be tomorrow as well. North Coast is a terrific church, and Larry Osborn has been a mentor to me from afar for a while. The conference I'm attending is called "Sticky Church." Weird name–it essentially is talking about being a healthy church that has a closed back door. This week, I'll be sharing some of the insights from the conference.Before North Coast was running nearly 8,000 people per weekend, they were running 150. then, Osborn says, he adopted these 4 new priorities.

1. Develop a healthy leadership team. Amen, brother.

2. Shepherd the flock I already had. "Don't use the people you have to reach the people you want to have." Another good word.
3. Become a believer targeted, seeker sensitive church–a user friendly, seeker expectant church. Let people see the church being the church…but really be the church. Amen.
4. Learn to foster long-term, Christ-centered relationships. Again, amen.

More tomorrow.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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4 thoughts on “Larry Osborn on the “Sticky Church”

  1. Hey Tim,
    I agree with your assessment of the Sticky Church Conference. I have come back to our church and shared a bunch of the stuff with our staff. I hope they do it again next year.
    Dave Baldwin
    LifePoint Church
    Reisterstown, MD

  2. What he means here is that sometimes pastors use people as a tool to accomplish their own ends, rather than learning to love the people and accomplish a common end together. He recounted that he was trying to use the 150 people they had early in their days at North Coast to grow the church into a megachurch, rather than effectively pastoring the people God had called him to first, and then accomplishing goals with them. It’s a great chapter in his new book Sticky Church. I’d highly recommend it.