Growth is not a “given” in organizational life.
For significant growth to take place there are several factors that must come together to form a sort of “secret sauce”.
- A compelling, God-breathed vision
- A unifying sense of purpose
- A radical commitment to raising up new leaders
For an example of this one need look no further than what has been unfolding in the church in Thailand.
Thailand is country of 65 million people, 94% of whom are Buddhist, with 5% Muslim and less than 1% Christian.
But that Christian population is on the move, growing from just 100,000 Christians 30 years ago, to more than 400,000 today.
Recently I met with one of the pillars of this growth movement, Pastor Anuparp Wichitnantana of Bangkok Liberty Baptist Church, who unpacked how the secret sauce had sparked the remarkable growth of Christianity in Thailand.
A compelling, God-breathed vision
“It began with a goal, which is to see 1 million Christians by 2015,” Anuparp explained. “And after that our next goal is to see, by 2030, 10% of Thailand be Christian. That would be about 7 million Christians.”
That’s a compelling vision, and it has galvanized the Christians in this beautiful country to do whatever it takes to get there.
A unifying sense of purpose
“In the last 30 years there has been a movement of great unity in the churches and among denominations,” Anuparp said. “Christians have been coming together for prayer and all moving in the same direction in order to see Thailand transformed and changed.”
A radical commitment to raising up new leaders
The final critical ingredient? A plan for leadership development.
“The Global Leadership Summit has played a very vital role.” Anuparp emphasized. “It is helping people to see a bigger vision and how to strategize.”
Today there are 3 GLS sites in Thailand, with plans to add more and more locations.
If growth has stalled in your organization, check to see how you’re doing with these secret sauce ingredients. If it’s leadership development that requires attention, check out the Global Leadership Summit when it comes to your area. For more, click here.
As they’ve seen in the church in Thailand, you could find that growth is just one dash of secret sauce away.
Which of these components are you focusing on these days?